Helplines and advice

Some organisations and individuals whose work helping survivors of childhood abuse in schools and elsewhere I admire.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood supports people recovering from emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Free support line on 0808 801 0331

Boarding Concern

“Boarding Concern challenges the practice of educating children in residential institutions, based on the growing evidence of harm from boarding.” It also offers a support service for ex-boarders, and can help people find therapeutic professionals and counselling.  Boarding Concern also has a great database of written and broadcast material on the issues that arise from childhood trauma or the after-effects of boarding experiences.


National Confidential Forum

Independent organisation set up by the Scottish government to ensure that people abused in boarding schools or other residential care are listened to and their experiences acknowledged. Provides expert, caring help and will assist anyone who wishes to take a complaint forward to the police or other bodies.

0800 1214773 (Freephone)

Future Pathways

Future Pathways offers help and support to people who were abused or neglected as children while they were living in care in Scotland. We work together to help survivors access person-centred support that will help them to lead full, healthy and independent lives and find their own pathways to a positive future.

0808 164 2005 (Freephone)


British Association of Counselling Professionals
Reliable source of therapeutic help.

Dr  Joy Schaverien
Psychoanalyst and therapist who specialises in “boarding school syndrome”.
Her website contains links to her writing on the subject and that of others

Nick Duffell/Boarding School Survivors
A respected psychotherapist who has been writing on boarding school issues and running much-acclaimed courses for “survivors” for 20 years.


Selected recent books on boarding schools, crimes and abuses, and psychological issues

Ian Mucklejohn
Buy the book
Had: The Tragedy of Crookham Court School (Karnac, 2016)
An extraordinary insider’s account of the school whose systemic abuse of children got the laws on child protection in Britain changed. Mucklejohn was a teacher at Crookham Court.

Joy Schaverien
Buy the book
Boarding School Syndrome The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged’ Child
(Routledge, 2015) Highly readable academic book.

Nick Duffell and Thurstine Basset
Buy the book

Trauma, Abandonment 
and Privilege (Routledge, 2016)
Fascinating guidebook for survivors and for psychotherapists.

Nick Duffell
Buy the book
The Making of Them  (Lone Arrow Press, 2010)
The original book by the first psychotherapist to address the damage done by boarding schools.

Nick Duffell
Buy the book
Wounded Leaders: the Psychohistory of British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion, London (Lone Arrow Press, 2014) The father of boarding school survivor psychotherapy addresses the troubles of the British ruling classes.