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Red Balloons for Bullied Children

Friday, June 8, 2012

Meg Munn MP recently attended an event in Westminster for the Red Balloon Learner Centres which aim to support bullied children who find it difficult to continue in school because of their experiences. They provide an ’intensive care’ full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18. At least half of the students have attempted or seriously considered suicide.

 

They provide a safe environment with clear boundaries for behaviour, and an individual full-time academic, pastoral and therapeutic programme. Once the students have regained their confidence and are able to cope academically and socially, they are supported to return to mainstream school or to further education or to employment.

 

The meeting heard from a parent of two children who had benefited from the services and also from a current student at a Red Balloon learner centre. Meg also met Emma Foster who is working to set up a Red Balloon centre in South Yorkshire where she is currently seeking a commitment to funding from the local authorities. There is a prospective site where some students who are supported through the internet meet up each week to take part in activities.

 

Meg said:

 

“Many children who are bullied miss out on school and the chance to fulfil their potential. I was impressed by the achievements of Red Balloon and hope that we will soon have a centre in South Yorkshire.”

 

For further information visit: http://www.redballoonlearner.co.uk/

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Meg with Emma Foster

Meg with Emma Foster


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