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Shine A Light On Boarding Schools

  • Victoria.Hill@nationalconfidentialforum.org.uk
  • 27 November 2018
  • Team News

Shine A Light On Boarding Schools

Posted by: Victoria.Hill@nationalconfidentialforum.org.uk | 27 November 2018| Categories: Team News

Shining a light on boarding schools and ‘care’

 

A few months ago, we published a blog about the need to include boarding schools in the care conversation.

 

At the National Confidential Forum, we listen to the experiences of anyone who was in institutional care in Scotland, whether they were there for a day or a decade. What some people don’t realise, however, is that institutional care doesn’t just refer to children’s homes or hospitals. It also refers to other settings, including boarding schools.

 

We shared the blog as an encouragement to former boarders to share their experiences. We also discussed the barriers that make this difficult, including social stigma and the pressure to maintain a ‘stiff upper lip’.

 

Over the past few months, we’ve continued to research boarding schools and the effects, positive and negative, that they may have on young people at the time or longer-term. The answer to this is that everyone has a unique experience and that people are affected in different ways by those experiences. We at the  Forum want to continue to hear from past boarders so that we can build up an  accurate picture of what boarding school life was, and is, like within the context of care, wellbeing and impact.

 

Our service is here to listen, acknowledge and record the care-experienced journey that individuals have had in their lives. This is an opportunity to be heard and acknowledged for who they are and the experiences that have brought them to this point in their lives.

 

Some studies indicate that ex-boarders avoid speaking out about negative experiences for fear of being seen as ungrateful for perceived privilege. This barrier could result in an entire cross-section of society being excluded from the care conversation. It is important to listen to the experiences of everyone who experienced institutional care, regardless of circumstances or background. And this, in turn, is the key to making life better for young people in care institutions throughout Scotland now and well into the future.

 

If you want to learn more about the National Confidential Forum, please  get in touch online or phone us on 0800 121 4773. One of our co-ordinators would be more than happy to have a chat and explain a bit more about who we are and what we do.

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