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‘They have been failed’: first UK school to address early-life trauma planned

The UK’s first school for children who have experienced early-life trauma such as neglect or abuse and are currently being failed by the education system could open within two years.

The short-stay school would provide children aged four to seven with therapy and education to prepare them to rejoin mainstream schooling.

Harmful early experiences including physical, sexual or emotional abuse, loss of a parent or exposure to drugs or alcohol in the womb can have a significant impact on a child’s social and emotional development.

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