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Rita Harris is CAMHS Director of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She continues to work as a clinical psychologist and family therapist in a fostering, adoption, and kinship care service within the Trust, specializing in issues of contact for children with parents with whom they no longer live. She has a long record of developing community services in partnership with local authorities and the voluntary sector and involving children and young people in their planning and delivery. Sadegh Nashat is a consultant clinical psychologist and a systemic psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. As a training lead, he has developed and delivered a range of child, adolescent, and family mental health programmes aimed at education professionals. He has a special interest in the area of social and school exclusion and in mental health interventions in education settings. Sue Rendall is a consultant child and educational psychologist and is Director of EP Initial and CPD Doctoral Training at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She has thirty-seven years' experience working in health and educational contexts, including being head of middle school in a co-educational comprehensive school and, later, after training as an educational psychologist at Birmingham in 1981, as an educational psychologist in three local-authority multidisciplinary services. She was Vice Dean of Postgraduate Training in the Child & Family Directorate of the Tavistock, for six years, and in 2005-6 was seconded to the DfES for two days a week as Professional Advisor for Child & Adolescent Mental Health. Her PhD research was a systemic understanding of school exclusion.


'These are narratives of courage from the educational "coalface" in a variety of European settings. The reader is engaged by observations of children, some of whom have been subject to unbearable loss and terror. There are no quick fixes here. This is careful work based on psychoanalytical and systemic principles. Through understanding past and present relationships staff and pupils are able to make sense of otherwise futile or destructive obstacles to learning.'- Sebastian Kraemer

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