Please help give a disabled boy his right to an education

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Joshua is 13 years old. He has Cerebral Palsy, is severely autistic and non verbal. Following a long period of depression and self injurious behaviour, Joshua arrived home from the day special school he was attending on the 7th December 2017 with severe bruising on his back. 

Joshua's mother made a child protection referral against the school as the school's explanation of these injuries were not satisfactory. Children's services failed to act on the referral and more than 2 months later a child protection medical was completed. By that point it was too late! 

Joshua's behaviour has significantly improved since been removed from school 5 months ago however Joshua's mother is struggling to care for him on her own. 

Joshua is bigger than her. He crawls but does not walk. He wears nappies and has been assessed as 2:1 personal care. Joshua has an 8 year old brother who also has autism and mother is struggling to meet both their needs when as it is she can not meet Joshua's. Simple things like school runs are becoming increasing difficult especially using public transport. Joshuas mother has to lift Josh into his wheelchair and sometimes he will not comply.

Despite two independent assessments concluding Joshua needs to be in a residential educational setting, where all his needs can be met entirely and holistically 24 hours per day, Birmingham SENAR are refusing to accept it and are making demands that Joshua should return to the day special school that harmed him. 

Social Care and Health are also very unsupportive claiming that Joshua has a sufficient package of care in place and that mother can meet Joshua's needs at home. 1 night per week respite is not enough. 10 allocated hours between two carers is not enough. Joshua needs caring for 24 hours a day and they are refusing to accept that his mother can not do this on her own. 

Joshua's mother loves him very much but has accepted that because now she has a chronic back disorder from years of lifting him and a deterioration in her mental health that the only option remaining for Joshua is for him to attend a specialised residential school. 

Joshua has a daily physiotherapy programme. He has had no physiotherapy for 5 months. He can not have his equipment home and if he could the equipment needs two people to lift him into it. 

SENAR and Children's Services are failing Joshua and his family. His mother is in despair and only wants what she knows is best for him. 

Please support Joshua's mother and family by signing this petition to force SENAR and Birmingham Children's Services to act and respond to what is right and just for Joshua.... 

To be able to attend a residential special school where he can come home at weekends to spend quality time with his family at a time where there are other family members around to help care for him. 



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