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
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
By Rosie and Jo's mum When, close to tears of frustration, I told the LA case officer that, by refusing to issue the proposed amended statement which was three months overdue, she was withholding my right of appeal to the SEND tribunal, she looked me squarely in the eye and shrugged her shoulders. At that … Continue reading The Imbalance of Power
It is as plain as day that professionals don't have a good enough understanding of the skills and knowledge of their colleagues and the contributions that they can offer. I believe that this leads to missed opportunities that could considerably improve children's outcomes and the experiences of families and staff. I recently sat in a … Continue reading Who’s Who?
"You must be mum." Four words that put you nicely in a box and out of the way, even when you are present in a meeting. That introduction says so much - you know you are simply there to be tolerated, to tick off a requirement and that you are expected to sit in the … Continue reading I’m not “mum”