Child Protection for the Autistic Child - A Resource
2017, It is three o-clock and the nursery run on an urban village street is in full swing. Au-pairs, grannies, mums and dads and less frequently, granddads pass by carefully chatting to tots in pushchairs while holding hands with under fives. All are laden with an array of lunch, school, snack, music and kit bags. Once I was immersed in that world but now I’m an outsider.
It feels as if someone or something took a sledgehammer with intent and smashed my world, breaking everything into the smallest component so there is nothing left except broken things and remnants, the shell of something that was living a long time ago.
It is hard not to be bitter and even harder not to be broken. I live in the world of parents of children with disabilities who enter Care and .... often it feels like a world of two people. It feels like there is so much wrong – why my child’s difficulties got missed because he was bright and no trouble outside the home, why we had no access to a psychologist to help us help him at home in adolescence, why professionals thought ‘working with us’ was helping us accept the situation rather than listening to our concerns, why the UK feels it can lecture any other country on human rights given what is happening to many families and children experiencing similar difficulties in the UK.
It feels as if someone or something took a sledgehammer with intent and smashed our world, breaking everything into the smallest component so that there is nothing left except broken things and remnants, the shell of something that was living a long time ago.
See A Collapse in Provision for Families with the Chair of British Association of Social Workers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMqn9bxvtl0
2018 April tweet 'I read this (judgement) again and again and I could weep. So many of us have dedicated our adult professional lives to this system and people like these parents. Look what they have done to it. Look what they have done' http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/OJ/2018/B16.html
Chair of independent MHA review calls for ‘more therapeutic’ care http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2018/04/27/chair-independent-mha-review-calls-therapeutic-care/
Has the UK become a country that really doesn’t like children? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/08/uk-country-not-like-children-reports-tory-austerity?CMP=share_btn_tw