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About Rachel

Dr Rachel Fearnley is a researcher, writer and campaigner who is interested in children’s lives when a parent has a life-limiting physical illness. This formed the basis of her doctoral study which explored children’s experiences when a parent is at the end of life.

Rachel has over 30 years’ experience of working with children and families, she is a qualified social worker and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Her early career was as a nursery nurse working with pre-school aged children in a nursery school and an inner city day nursery. She then moved to the NSPCC where she worked as a play specialist, working with sexually abused children. During this time she became increasingly interested in attachment theory and parent child relationships. Rachel then moved to Barnardo’s where she managed a family support service. Here her interest in children and parental life-limiting illness began to develop.


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