Beaten, bullied, betrayed: Their parents sent them away for the best education, but generations of boys left boarding school traumatised for life
- Alex Renton was sent to boarding school Ashdown House in Sussex aged eight
- According to Renton, this enforced separation has had a catastrophic effect on the mental health of former pupils
- Some are unable to experience happiness because at a very early age they effectively walled themselves up for their own protection
- Emotionally stunted, physically and often sexually brutalised, they’ve stumbled through life with a nagging sense of being incomplete
We note the publication by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) of their report today. The report detailed systematic abuse by 60 paedophiles against thousands of young people in the residential care of Lambeth Council in South London.
We also note the comments by Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP for Streatham, that the Home Office should also be held liable for the abuses at Shirley Oaks.
We wonder if the Department for Education should be held liable for abuses that boarding school survivors suffered (and continue to suffer) in schools regulated and approved by them? Especially when schools have closed down and former proprietors, etc have died or disappeared.