Being bullied on the school bus? This is what happened to Ben….

Ben tried to deal with the bullying

This story first appeared in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald  in April 2014.    In December 2006, parents Paul and Caroline Vodden experienced a devastating and life-changing event – their 11-year-old son Ben committed suicide. What could … [Read more...]

The police, young people and mental health…in Wiltshire…

Today I'm reproducing an article I wrote for my family column in the weekly newspaper, The Gazette & Herald, which covers much of the county of Wiltshire. It was published on Thursday August 29 2013  and I'm reproducing it here at the request of … [Read more...]

The Media Giving Out The Wrong Message?

small spider hanging from thread with bright blue background

I went on a course last week about ‘safe recruitment’ in my role as chair of a local pre-school. Even as volunteers, we’re expected to develop a knowledge of safeguarding children – a sentiment I applaud. The course on the whole was good and … [Read more...]