Category: The Book

About The Story – It Must Be Mum

About this story In just ten months Peter went from a boy who attended mainstream school unsupported, costing the taxpayer nothing in additional school resource, to being so broken by his school experiences he needed to be admitted to a psychiatric unit at just 9 years old.  As a result he is unlikely to ever … Continue reading About The Story – It Must Be Mum

It Must Be Mum – Part 8

  This final part (well I may upload the postscript..).  This says it all really..... 'HOWEVER, ALL WAS NOT WHAT IT SEEMED.  What the Finance Group (MARG) did next, even the most hardened SEN Warriors will struggle to believe.'   Earlier parts of the book can be found here.   Chapter 6  Is It Really For … Continue reading It Must Be Mum – Part 8

It Must Be Mum – Part 7

So Peter has been in hospital for some time.  The acute side to his condition has settled somewhat but in order for his progress to be maintained and continued Peter needs a therapeutic residential ASD placement.  Everyone has agreed this.  Making it happen on the other hand is another issue altogether.  The impact on his … Continue reading It Must Be Mum – Part 7

It Must Be Mum – Part 6

...And the crippling practice of the Local Authority Staff begins. Earlier parts of the book can be found here.  Peter (now age 10) was admitted to a Tier 4 CAMHS unit 150 miles away from home a few weeks earlier with, among other things, 'signs of school related trauma'.  He had previously been in mainstream education … Continue reading It Must Be Mum – Part 6

It Must Be Mum – Part 5

Earlier parts of the book can be found here. Chapter 3 An accidental Expert? I had just wanted to be Peter's mum, that's all.  I wanted to drop him at school, help him with reading and homework and live a family life the rest of the time.  I had a 'big' job.  I was a clinician … Continue reading It Must Be Mum – Part 5

It Must Be Mum – Part 4

In part 4 the extreme refusal by school staff to support Peter is explored, my incredible naivety is exposed as is the phenomenal arrogance of school staff.  I think all parents of children with SEN will relate to this! Earlier parts of the book can be found here. Spinning Heads - Chapter 2b Ever since … Continue reading It Must Be Mum – Part 4

It Must Be Mum – Part 3

Peter is admitted to hospital 150 miles from home and has his 10th birthday there.  He undergoes the first six week of his assessment admission and recommendations about his future needs are made by the hospital team.  Some school staff continue to insist that he is 'fine' and their unconscious incompetence reaches an all time high...... Earlier … Continue reading It Must Be Mum – Part 3

It Must Be Mum – Part 2

In Part two Peter's admission to hospital becomes inevitable - but where do you find a mental health bed for a 9 year old?  Lily's condition deteriorates and their mum turns to her friends for help, which doesn't turn out to well. Click here for Part 1 of 'It Must Be Mum'  Subtle Differences – … Continue reading It Must Be Mum – Part 2

It Must Be Mum – Part 1

About this story  In just ten months Peter went from a boy who attended mainstream school unsupported, costing the taxpayer nothing in additional school resource, to being so broken by his school experiences he needed to be admitted to a psychiatric unit at just 9 years old.  As a result he is unlikely to ever … Continue reading It Must Be Mum – Part 1