When super-tough cop Sergeant Harry Keeble announced he was joining Hackney's ailing Child Protection Team in 2000, his colleagues were astounded. Known as the 'Cardigan Squad', its officers were seen as glorified social workers dealing with domestics. The reality was very different. Within a few months he'd fought machete-wielding thugs, rescued kids who had pit bulls chained to their cots and confronted the horrors of African witchcraft, exposing a network of abuse in the process - all in his unrelenting war against child cruelty.
Harry rescued dozens of kids - kids in crack houses, kids living in unimaginable filth and kids who had burned their houses down. Then there were the hostage situations, the lynch mobs, and the almost impossible process of interviewing paedophiles to get a confession. Without wading in sentimentality, Harry describes how his team - working alongside dedicated but chronically underfunded social workers - operated at the sharp end of child protection. This is a shocking and unforgettable story of how some of the UK's most disadvantaged children escaped their tormentors - and explains why some cases, similar to that of Baby P's, ended in tragedy.
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Honest and compelling
The book is written with real emotion but without drama. It shows the frustrations and commitment of people doing probably the hardest job out there. I sense this is the tip of the iceberg of what could have been shared.
Well worth a read. Makes u wish u had trained in the police force x
A truly harrowing yet eye opening vision into the dedication and tireless efforts of both the police and social workers trying to rid our society of abusers of the children both in England and those that sought a safe haven from countries ravished by wars only to find the grass is not always greener,,a excellent and unput downable book,,that brings both tears of sadness and also tears of hope for the victims and their endless courage ...4 stars without a doubt