Tag: local Authority

Bethany’s Dad Gives the Rest of the Story

Bethany’s Dad Gives the Rest of the Story

Last week, I was given the privilege of sharing the turning point in Bethany's story (see here).  Following a BBC exposé her dad was 'allowed' into a meeting about her and finally, experts on PDA were listened to.  A corner in her care was turned and she could finally see a way out of the … Continue reading Bethany’s Dad Gives the Rest of the Story

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Bethany’s Dad Has Important News

Bethany’s Dad Has Important News

Bethany's story came to light a week or so ago.  Whilst many of us in the SEN world are sickened and shocked - at the same time, we are not surprised.  I have the privilege of having her Dad's permission to share his update.  We are all familiar with the concept of 'meetings about me … Continue reading Bethany’s Dad Has Important News

It’s not all bad news… my recommendations to commissioners and service leaders

It’s not all bad news… my recommendations to commissioners and service leaders

Last week I got the chance to spend time with some SENCos.  I was invited to talk about Peter's story and with his permission, I did just that. It's the same story every time - there is no question that there are very many professionals 'out there' that want to 'get it right'.  For about … Continue reading It’s not all bad news… my recommendations to commissioners and service leaders

They should have said sorry.

They should have said sorry.

There is no question that things would have been different if they had said sorry.  It doesn't change the past, of course, but it has the power to change future direction and how the future is experienced. For example: If they had said sorry then I would never have followed my instincts to probe further … Continue reading They should have said sorry.

The Man from the Local Authority

The Man from the Local Authority

This is a story about trust.  Now I can appreciate that to many, seeing the words ‘trust’ and ‘Local Authority’ (LA) on the same page will evoke strong feelings and I completely get that.  We have been shafted in the extreme in the past – even hardened SEN warriors gasp when they see what happened … Continue reading The Man from the Local Authority

Meetings About Me Without Me

One way or another my life will change quite significantly today.  A meeting is being held without me, or any direct contributions from me, but the outcome will be huge whatever the decision.  No-one in the meeting knows me or my son, Peter, but decisions are being made about him which will affect the rest … Continue reading Meetings About Me Without Me

The ‘Surprise’ Child Protection Meeting

It was snowing, I felt empty as he packed his last bag into the car, this was my new life as a single mum to three. They would see their Dad, and there was a glimmer of hope that social care would finally provide the help we had been begging for to prevent this break … Continue reading The ‘Surprise’ Child Protection Meeting

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 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