b'future. You will have to take much on trust, just as the school will trust your child not to break the rules. All schools provide copious information on how they ensure pupils safety, usually termed safeguarding, and well-being (if they dont, make your excuses and leave). They also organise seminars and advice sessions, usually run by external professionals, on all aspects of teenage health and wellbeing exclusively for parents. Its up to you to attend the open days, go to the talks, read the literature, and then weigh up whether the regime will suit your child. See page 76 for more details about Safeguarding. Playing by the rulesEven in the sixth form its unlikely that your son or daughter will enjoy the freedoms they have at home. Parents and children will be expected to agree to and abide by the schools policies on everything from uniform, energy drinks, alcohol to PDAs (public displays of affectionkissing, holding hands, etc) and random drugs testing. These policies (all of which will be on the schools website) have been drawn up to ensure not just your child but the whole boarding community is safe. Some schools allow 18-year-olds to visit approved pubs or restaurants in the nearest town, but such freedoms are a privilege instantly rescinded if abused. Othersperhaps in more rural areashave a sixth-form bar where alcohol is dispensed under supervision and always with parents consent. At some full boarding schools older pupils may apply for permission to host parties in designated areas. What happens under the radar is, inevitably, another matteras it often is at home. Relationships between pupils at boarding schools are a concern for parents and, we imagine, a chronic headache 59'