Petition update

Law Firm Tells it Like It Is Over Malicious Social Services Referrals - The Game is Up

Autistic Parent
United Kingdom

Dec 14, 2016 — http://www.hcbgroup.com/site/blog/education_blog/parents-face-new-obstacle-for-sen-support

"In recent times, a new tactic has been used by Local Authorities when dealing with perceived to be ‘problem parents’; the involvement of Social Services. In practice, this is becoming more commonplace."

"...it is becoming more apparent that Social Care Departments across the country are quick to conclude that it is simply ‘bad parenting’ as opposed to considering the features of the diagnosis."

"If however the parents are intent on seeking funding for further support or a specialist ASD placement (via the SEN Tribunal) then this procedure is often used as a means of halting any challenge to the Authority regarding educational issues; a quite shameful tactic. Unfortunately, situations like this are becoming the norm."

"As opposed to working collaboratively with the family, many Local Authorities will go on the offensive. Any perceived challenge from parents will be a catalyst for Social Services involvement and a host of issues for them to face, most notably child protection procedures..."

And when you consider the information in the other petition updates (all accessible in list form at the bottom of the main petition page) it's quite clear that this is what Brighton & Hove are doing here. Help us make an example of them so that all LA's will take note.

Discrimination and retribution against autism families will not be tolerated. Lies by public servants will not be tolerated. In LJ Munby's words (http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/media/80188/CDC_LH_Chap_3c.pdf) on families:

"They do not seek to be ‘controlled’ by the State or by the local authority. And it is not for the State in the guise of a local authority to seek to exercise such control. The State, the local authority, is the servant of those in need of its support and assistance, not their master."


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