Violence, cruelty and sexual confusion are as much a part of boarding school literature as japes, cricket and a cast of swots, cads and cowards. Alex Renton traces a troubled genre from Rudyard Kipling to JK Rowling 8 April 2017, The Guardian “Michael was ordered to take down his trousers and kneel on the … Continue reading Flogging vice out, virtue in
The Times magazine printed an extract of my new book… You get a very different class of on-line commenter.
"Cover-up is a British institutional tradition" 4 December 2016 for The Observer: Breaking the silence is immensely powerful and it is good medicine. But speaking up is hard. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has data that suggests one out of three people abused as a child has not disclosed the abuse … Continue reading Enable children to talk and then listen to them – the only solution
Joy Schaverien boarding school and psychological trauma - an important book in the child abuse debate
5 October 2014: Here's my story in the Observer on the political push for "mandatory reporting", which could help whistleblowers who uncover abuse in institutions, and make it a crime to cover it up. This "crucial" measure for tidying up the malfunctioning child protection system could - with some political will - become part of the current … Continue reading A chance to make it illegal to ignore child abuse