Isolation from Family

Anthea Penfold: Cut Off

Anthea was born in 1941 in Guildford, Surrey. She spent her entire school life in residential special schools in Sussex and Kent.

Here Anthea talks about the impact of being away from family.

  • Anthea Penfold
  • Anthea Penfold


But I remember the last night there, at the hospital, and I got so upset and the nurse took me into their cubby hole and I said, ‘I want to go home,’ and they told me that I was going home, instead of which I went straight to Chailey.

There was a terrible ban on parents getting involved. Presumably they felt they would interfere. So apart from eleven weeks in a year we were cut off from our family. I was very lonely. I cried all night. I felt dejected, I felt rejected. You know, I felt I couldn’t trust adults again, you know.

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