Terence O’Neill is now 74 years old, and married with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After his time at the Goughs, Terence remained in the care of the local authorities until he was 18. He then joined the Army for several years, before retiring out. He now lives, surrounded by his family, in South Wales.
Someone to Love Us: The shocking true story of two brothers fostered into brutality and neglectby Terence O'Neill
The harrowing true story of the young boy who captured the heart of the nation when he testified in court, to find justice against those responsible for his brother’s death.Terry O’Neill was just ten years old when he stood up in court to testify against his brutal foster parents, accused of the manslaughter of his twelve-year-old brother, Dennis.Terry and his brother had been taken into care and moved through many foster homes until they came to live on the Shropshire farm owned by Reginald and Esther Gough in 1945. There they were to suffer brutal beatings and little care or love – they survived as best they could, looking out for each other, until the terrible morning when Terry couldn’t wake Dennis.In a time when the country was united by war and struggle, the case shocked the nation and made headlines around the world. Terry, a small figure in the courtroom, captured the hearts of mothers and families everywhere, and the public outcry against the foster services led to the instigation of the first provisions to protect other vulnerable children from neglect and cruelty.
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This book is devastating, heartbreaking, uplifting and brutally honest. A man's journey from childhood to manhood through a welfare system that treated children in care like a game of pass the parcel. The heartbreaking aspect is that his brother Dennis was a victim of this system in the most horrendous and tragic way at the young age of 12, failed by individuals in the system but mostly by two brutal foster parents in it only for the money. This book needed to be written and it needs to be read. Bravo Terence O'Neill.
As a social service worker, Mr. O'Neill's story is a terrible reminder of the reason for my employment. His story is a compelling story of love for his brother and his struggle to find love in humanity after suffering brutality at the hands of which were supposed to care for him and his brothers. Although an incredibly sad account of a young child's life, one can only be thankful that it resulted in so many changes to social service legislation. This book should, undoubtedly, become more well-known in order to inspire others to be more aware of children in care.
Loved the book even though I had to lay it down when I became upset or angry And yes it still happens today
This book is fantastic. The topic is sad, but it's a book i think everyone should read. It took me about 3 days to finish. I didn't want to put the book down. I needed to know what happend.
I just want to reach out and pull these boys into my arms. Well written.