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Coming soon ... my first publication


The Book The book follows a little rabbit called Bród through their parents breaking up and all the difficulties that this brings, in terms of what family looks like, what home looks like and the challenges that experiencing their parents breaking up brings. What is different about this book

  • This book is modern and is LGBTQI conscious and gender neutral.

  • The book and workbook combination help children explore their emotions and feelings through a ”feelings gauge”,

  • This book and workbook help a child to feel safe and secure with the help of identifying “safety friends”.

  • The active care plan, developed in the workbook, supports stability and trusting/predictable relationships while bringing the child's voice to the centre of parent's decision making on their behalf.

All of these skills will support a child's positive mental health experience in a difficult time and promote resilience. The need for this book During her career in Social Services the author the reflected on the needs of children and families that came to the Child Protection Services. She set about developing her own business to support the needs of a cohort of families that need support, but did not meet the threshold for state support. One group that came to the fore were parents and children in the midst of parental relationship breakdown, and the lack of a holistic approach to helping parents ensure that their child is supported, equipped with tools, and placed in the center of the decisions made by parents on their behalf. This book, is a result of countless hours of research, development, drafting ....redrafting and you guessed it ....redrafting ! Commissioning the beautiful illustrator Bex Sheridan was one of the easiest decisions as her art style was exactly what Bród needed to come to life. her previous work speaks for itself. About the author Deirdre McCarthy is a professionally qualified, Coru registered Social Worker from Ireland. Deirdre graduated from University College Cork in 2015 and immediately began working with Tusla, The Child and Family Agency. While working full time in Child Protection, Deirdre completed a Masters in Social Policy, specialising in Children and Families. Deirdre then took a career break, (2020) to provide high support foster caring to a teenager. During this period of time Deirdre completed a Level 9 Special Purpose Award programme in Trauma informed Care in UCC 2020-2021. CEO of Tusla, Mr Bernard Gloster described Deirdre on Linkedin ... ( 'Social Work and more importantly Social Care in its widest definition is fortunate to have practitioners such as Deirdre McCarthy BSW, MSocScSP they innovate to benefit others and challenge all of us to see beyond the so called ‘impossible’. An enormous contribution from a reflective professional. 2023 looks good here.' The illustrator Bex Sheridan is an artist, writer, graphic designer, UX and UI designer, and design lecturer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Design: Visual Communications and a Masters in Creative Digital Media: User Experience and Interaction Design. She has worked in commercial publishing for many years and now works as a lecturer with the Dublin Design Institute. Bex has illustrated several published works and provided book design services to notable Irish publishing houses, with recurring themes of animals and the environment featuring throughout much of her work. She has also illustrated and co-written Irish Farm Animals with Glynn Evans, and her own book Go to Sleep, Hoglet!Also published by The O’Brien Press.

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