It is encouraging to see that the so-called ‘Cinderella law’ has made it into the queen’s speech. Hopefully this shows a move towards taking children’s emotional needs seriously. If neglect is described as “persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs” surely that would apply to a six-year-old raised in an institution without physical affection and parental nurture? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27693587
The campaign letter, co-written by Nick Duffell, Simon Partridge and yours truly, and with a fascinating list of signatures: http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2014/may/10/the-big-issue-boarding-schools-abuse
Tracy McVeigh describes our campaign letter in tomorrow’s observer, with a few words from my good self: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/may/10/campaign-boarding-schools-young-children
Alex Renton has pointed out to me that he is calling for an end to boarding education for children under thirteen, not under nine as was reported in the bbc article I posted.
Which is even better of course.
“It’s like the Pope versus Jesus. Jesus had a good idea, but papal politics were not good ideas. I wish you could have met John Bowlby! He was an aristocrat, for goodness’ sake, born in Manchester Square [in central London], brought up by nannies.” Bowlby drew failures of attachment from examples in his own life, and categorically did not see poor attachment as a problem associated with poverty. “Of course, everything about attachment is very difficult because it’s so emotional. We’re talking about ourselves, we’re talking about ourselves as babies, we’re talking about ourselves as parents. It’s debased and stupefied, really, but that’s daily politics.”
Fascinating quotation from Dr Sebastian Kraemer, who suggests that we rely on or misuse neuroscience because “Somehow the emotional and cognitive effects of parenting aren’t interesting enough”.
In this interesting if potentially inflammatory article Zoe Williams explores the complexities of class, deprivation and neglect, suggesting that scrutiny of child treatment does not extend to the middle classes.
full article here:
“There’s one secret to a child growing up successfully. That child has to be the apple of one person’s eye. Children need general care, but they need specific care from somebody who cares about them” . Psychotherapist and policy adviser Indra Adnan on a potentially upsetting development from Brent Council: providing 24-hour childcare. Rather than create living wages and stable work hours, do we really want to see small children staying away from home around the clock? Full article here
“That’s the thing about boarding schools, it’s not like Tom Brown’s School Days anymore. You’re still sending your child to a place where nobody loves them and the biggest lesson they learn is how to do without parents” – Silk, Season 3 Episode 1
we quite agree! lets hope plenty of bbc viewers do too…