Nick Duffell, our keynote speaker at this years Conference, started his Boarding School Survivors workshops in 1990.
In that year, of 60 boarding prep schools, how many were still around five years later?
Only 28 were left in 1995…
And since forming Boarding Concern in 2002, 74 independent boarding schools have closed in England.
(Sources: 60/28 comes from a 1995 marketing survey by a now-defunct boarding prep school. The 74 figure from government figures.)
The closing date is getting near as we have to finalise our numbers with the conference centre.
We look forward to welcoming those who have yet to register, so if you would like to attend, or are thinking about it, or perhaps hovering uncertainly, please contact us as soon as possible. Thank you.
Jane Barclay, one of our Directors had a letter published in March’s edition of Therapy Today.
In the attached file below, she expands her thoughts…
Letter re ‘inner game of tennis’ Therapy Today March 2018
We are supporting former boarders from all types of boarding schools (fee-charging, state, military, etc) who are sharing their experiences with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
They have recently launched their Truth Project website to clarify that particular aspect of their work. They want to help survivors share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting.
We have added a link to the February ITV documentary in our Resources section, under Films: Documentaries.
We at Boarding Concern offer support to former boarders, their partners and others affected by boarding.
We cover all types of UK boarding schools, including private fee-charging schools, state boarding schools, military boarding schools, local authority schools and schools for those with special needs.
We raise awareness of boarding issues, like you saw this evening.
If the film has left you needing someone to talk to right now, please visit our Contact Us page for services that offer support anytime.
We are not a specialist sexual abuse support service. If you are looking for such a service, please contact either NAPAC or The Survivors Trust for details of your local services.
If you have been the victim of a crime, including sexual abuse while at school, Victim Support can help you decide your next steps. If you would like help with your legal options, ACAL can help.
We hope that you find the information you are looking for on this website, or the others that we have linked you to.
If you choose to write to us, please be aware that we are expecting a powerful response to this film. This means that we might take a day or two to get back to you. However, we do acknowledge all messages sent to us.
We are aware that social workers are being put under pressure to place vulnerable children in boardings schools.
Whilst this is being touted as being best for at risk children, it seems that it is just to support boarding schools at risk of closure, due to falling enrolments.
We know that previous programmes such as Boarding School Pathfinder 2006-10 failed and this is merely another attempt to prop up these at risk schools.
We have a wealth of information and resources available to assist you. If you need something that you cannot find on this site, please do let us know.
To all of our supporters and website visitors, we, the Directors of Boarding Concern wish you, of all faiths and of none, a very merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year 2018.
We look forward to seeing some of you at our Conference and other events during the year ahead.
Allison, Crispin, James, Jane, Margaret and Sam
As we wrote in our last newsletter, we are supporting boarding school survivors who are engaging with the Inquiry and its Truth Project.
The Inquiry is currently examining Child Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, including the boarding schools: Ampleforth College and Downside School. For reports, please see our “Boarding News” section.
Survivors who have taken part in Truth Project hearings tell us that they were well supported by the Inquiry team before, on the day and with follow up contact from their dedicated support worker.
For some, it was that the Inquiry team actually bothered to ask them how we can help end the ongoing abuse of children in boarding schools.