August 2, 2017

From the hard streets of South London to the rolling hills and leafy glades of west Sussex: it must have come as a bit of a shock to the children I spent the morning with. 

A shock, too, to find that there are other children who feel left out, excluded and unwanted; and, then, to top it all, to find some adults and teenagers who don't wish you harm but wish you happiness and contentment and safety.

I spent a few hours with some of the thirty eight children, aged 8 to 13, who are spending five days at a large residential centre in the Sussex countryside, under the watchful eye of the lovely people at the charity 'Free to Be Kids'. The children come from tough homes, broken homes, special schools, no schools and that familiar mix of muddled back-drops which have left them at risk - risk of harm or risk of simply being over-looked.

My friend David van Eeghan, from the Kids Company days, suggested I might like to meet up with Rachel Nichols and Mike Gee, two others who fought that good fig...

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