BSA Sunday Times response
18th February 2018

BSA response to the Sunday Times article published February 18, 2018:


The boarding school community is deeply sorry that anyone has been affected or abused whilst in boarding, and admires the courage and bravery of victims and survivors.

UK boarding schools are doing more than ever before to put the safeguarding and welfare of young people above all else. Our emphasis is to ensure modern British boarding has the highest standard of care in the world.

In 2016 the BSA introduced our Commitment to Care Charter which means every member school must report allegations of abuse to the relevant authorities and as such our schools work closely with their Local Authorities, the Police and other agencies to protect children.

Today, there are 75,000 boarders at independent and state boarding schools in the UK, the highest numbers in over a decade. Our sector works tirelessly to maintain the highest safeguarding and child protection standards, delivered by professionally trained staff. 


Support and advice is available to survivors of abuse from The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) -

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