In these videos, authors Dr Carrie Herbert and Rosemary Hayes read from their new book, Rising Above Bullying: From Despair to Recovery, which tells the stories of eight children who have experienced extreme bullying and then found their way to recovery at a Red Balloon Learner Centre – a place where children can go to continue their education and recover their self-esteem, confidence and feelings of self-worth.

Dr Carrie Herbert is founder and Chief Executive of the Red Balloon Learner Centre Group, a qualified teacher and Educational Consultant, and Rosemary Hayes is a children’s writer, a reader for an authors’ advisory service and runs creative writing workshops for both children and adults.

Video #1: Jane is bullied about being overweight.


Video #2: Lauren tries to conform in order to avoid humiliating sexual taunts.


Video #3: Zac is terrified of going to school as a result of being bullied.

Video #4: Tom experiences physical abuse at the hands of the school bullies.

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