The Hothouse Society, by Royston Lambert, was published in
1968. He and his team of researchers investigated boarding schools fifty years ago, but it
remains relevant today because, as it says in the introduction, ‘It
presents one consistent viewpoint that of the children in their
writings. No other material has been used in this book none of our own
material or the staff interviews, or the statistics, or, with a few
exceptions, our interviews with the children.’

Boarding schools
have become more civilised, by, for instance,
abandoning corporal punishment and introducing co-education, but this book is about risks, not certainties, and residential schooling still involves risks like the ones described.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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