Brighton Conference: a report

We have a report on the Brighton Conference coming up in our next newsletter, due out soon. If you have not signed up to receive our newsletters, please do using the Contact Us form on this page. And please renew your subscription if you have signed up in the past…

In the meantime, Frances Basset of Basset Consultancy has written the attached review, which has appeared in the Sussex Counselling and Psychotherapy magazine.

Brighton Conference Review

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Hold the date! Our 2018 Conference…


We will hold our 2018 Conference on 21 April 2018 in London. More information will soon be on its way to our supporters in our Autumn mailing.

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Brighton conference – Boarding School: Surviving the Syndrome

Great to see so many old friends and new at today’s event at the University of Brighton. Thanks to the organisers, the hosts, the presenters and the attendees. Especially the new ones.

Here we are arriving and getting settled. More news and photos to follow…

There’s no place like home. Even if it is a palace.

As the world watches Prince George start prep school, we are so glad to see that he goes home at the end of the day.

We hope he remains a day pupil for as long as possible, at least until 13. Hopefully until he can make his own informed choice to board. At 16. Which is the age of consent here in the UK.

Next Boarding Concern Conference

For those attending the University of Brighton-organised conference this Saturday, we look forward to seeing you there. The conference is fully booked with a long waiting list.

We hope to announce a date for the next Boarding Concern Conference in 2018 in the next few days. Please check back here for the announcement. If you would like to be one of the first to hear, please use the Contact Us form and ask us to add you to our mailing list.

Boarding Concern Directors

CPS makes commitment to male victims of sexual abuse

Boarding Concern welcome the announcement today that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are “to issue guidance on handling cases of abuse against men.”

“The CPS has published its first ever public statement recognising the needs and experiences of male victims of offences including rape, […] and child sexual abuse.

Many male victims of these crimes never come forward to report them to the police. This can be for a variety of reasons, including fear that their masculinity may appear to be diminished if they report […] abuse or that homophobic assumptions will be made around their sexuality if they are raped by a man.

The CPS has always been committed to securing justice for all victims, both male and female, and applies policies fairly and equally. It has worked with groups which represent the interests of male victims to explore the issues they face in relation to these offences.”

While welcoming this progress, Boarding Concern want to see the CPS commit to securing justice for those who suffered abandonment, neglect, bullying, assaults and other trauma by being sent away to boarding school.

That these forms of child abuse continue to happen in the UK in the 21st century is a disgrace.

Feeling down? It could be the ‘September blues’

BBC News has a feature on the “September Blues”. The article talks about the shortening days, the return to routine and the changes in the weather. Seasonal affective disorder

For some former boarders and most boarding school survivors, September brings back memories of something else. The return to institutional life after the brief escape of the summer holidays. The feeling of abandonment for those send away to board at too young age…

If this resonates with you, feel free to check in with us at our Forum and share…