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Some useful websites and video links

Boarding School Survivors Support
Boarding School Survivors Support

BSS-Support was formed in February 2019. Our aim is to ensure support is available for former boarders who were sent away from home as children and find the experience has been damaging.


  • Believes sending children away to boarding school can harm their emotional development
  • Supports former boarders addressing boarding issues they become aware of in their adult lives
  • Supports partners and family members of former boarders
  • Gives help and information about possible boarding issues to prospective boarding parents
  • Supports research into the effects of boarding
  • Publishes books and articles on boarding issues
  • Responds to enquiries from the press and the public about boarding issues
  • Holds regular conferences addressing present and former boarders’ issues
  • Publishes regular newsletters
  • Welcomes contact and letters and responds to all enquiries confidentially
  • Above all, helps former boarders concerned about their time at school know that they are not alone

Boarding School Survivors
Boarding School Survivors

This organisation researches, lectures, writes and broadcasts about the psychological effects of sending children away to school, and runs a programme of therapeutic workshops for adults who have recognised that they may have paid a price for their education, and are looking for ways to understand and heal their wounds.


Confidential, emotional support 24/7 for those experiencing distress or despair. Tel: +44 (0) 8457 90 90 90.

Boarding schools: national minimum standards
Boarding schools: national minimum standards

Dept of Health (PDF) standards intended to "safeguard and promote the welfare of children for whom accommodation is provided by a boarding school", including welfare policies and procedures, support to boarders, staffing and premises.


Childline can be called 24 hours a day on +44 (0)800 1111 and their counsellors will be able to offer the support you need.

The Secret Shame

Boarding Schools: The Secret Shame - Exposure (ITV) - Docmentary

The Making of Them

British TV documentary filmed in September 1993 about young boys starting boarding prep school.

Boarding School Syndrome

Joy Schaverien Extract from Women's hour on BBC Radio 4 presented by Jenni Murray.