Amanda Knowles MBE was just 18 years old when she became a housemother in a local authority children’s home. She has been working with care experienced children for 45 years as a caregiver in various settings including children’s residential care, fostering, social work, and supported accommodation for care leavers. 


Amanda has been a registered social worker for over forty years. She has worked in senior management positions in children’s social care since 1991 and has been a provider of children's social care services in the independent sector since 2003. 

In 2017 Amanda organised the first Your Life Your Story Event to amplify the voices of care experienced adults and caregivers through storytelling. Whether writing for cathartic reasons, for the record, or to become published, Your Life Your Story offers a living-learning experience that unleashes the power of relationships and the untold story.

Memoirs of a Caregiver is a reflection on her personal journey accross five decades of the British care system as a caregiver, the children who experienced that system and the adults they have become.