Service User 0001 – Vicky Leaning

What could it take to win your trust?

It takes a very special kind of person to work with children who have challenging behaviour. Vicky Leaning assists juvenile offenders and is also a mental health first aider. Vicky works hard to ‘think creatively about stress at work.’ Service User 0001, she explains, ‘has helped me to get my feelings about a difficult young person I was working with down on paper and explore my own thoughts and sadness.’ Thank you Vicky for your excellent contribution.

Service user 0001

The defences are up

Your iron clad eyes look straight through me 

They lost their life years ago

Are you even hearing me?

The court brought me here

You have no choice

What could it take to win your trust?

Another face

Another promise

Someone else’s hope and dreams

You have heard it all before

I drown you in language you don’t understand 

Your mind is 6, body 16

You have no interest in it

Looking to the clock, the minutes til I leave

I shut the door, til it revolves again

A mislaid sigh of relief

And a sadness

This is you

Vicky Leaning

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