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Petition to Irish Health Service, Health Service Official, Mr. Simon Harris, Minister for Health, Ballina Training Centre

Stop Health Service cruel hare coursing project!

This petition calls on Ireland’s National Health Service to please END a shameful project involving people with severe intellectual disabilities in HARE COURSING! The project is underway at a training centre in Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland. The centre provides therapeutic programmes and services for people with intellectual disabilities. In the recent “Mayo Mental Health News" newsletter, the cruel blood sport was described as “the interesting new pastime offered by the Centre.” The project involves both helping to train greyhounds for hare coursing AND encouraging patients to attend and support hare coursing events. The Health Service Executive (HSE), which funds and runs the Ballina Training Centre, has confirmed that the service has been supporting the activity for clients. A local politician, Councilor Gerry Ginty has spoken out strongly against the HSE funded centre's facilitation of coursing, saying "it’s regrettable that this would be considered an appropriate past-time for service users" and expressed support for a ban on the blood sport. It is shocking beyond words that Ireland’s Health Service is condoning and facilitating a project that promotes one of the cruelest blood sports in the world. Most civilized human beings would recoil in horror from the idea of bringing vulnerable people to live coursing events, where hares are mauled; get tossed about like rag dolls, and have their bones crushed- and greyhounds also suffer appalling injuries. Please sign this petition and let the Irish Health Service know that this CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. (Tony O’Brien, Director General of the Health Service, can be contacted by phone at 00 353 1 635 2000) ·         Here is footage from hare coursing fixtures held in the present season: This is the kind of activity the HSE thinks is an appropriate experience for people with serious intellectual disabilities:  

John Fitzgerald
2,564 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Sarah Newton MP

Award Disability Living Allowance for Life for Life-Long Disabilities!

Award Disability Living Allowance for Life for Life-Long Disabilities! Our eldest son, Aidan is almost 12, he has brain damage affecting the entire left hemisphere of his brain and frontal lobe.  This damage has resulted in cerebral palsy, eplispesy, sensory processing disorder, severe learning disability, behavioural issues and a sleep disorder. For the third time in nine years I have had to apply for Disability Living Allowance for him.  This money is used to support his needs, specialist clubs, aids he requires etc.  The forms are extensive (48 pages long!) requiring you as his parent to detail every single aspect of care required, focusing completely on what the child cannot do.  It is soul destroying. You have to go through thus heart-wrenching, time consuming process every three years! Aidan, like many children with disabilities, is never going to ‘get better’, his brain damage won’t miraculously heal.  For parents completely these forms, amongst the extremely demanding day to day care of our wonderful child causes unnecessary stress, anxiety and trauma. We would like the law to be changed that for conditions such as brain damage, genetic disorders etc where the prognosis is that the child will not ‘recover’, for Disability Living Allowance to be awarded for life. This little change would save parents pain, stress and time - and help to end unnecessary bureaucracy. Please, please help me by signing and sharing this petition.

Victoria MacDonald
381,114 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Robert Goodwill MP, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Dr Phillip Lee, MP

Stop All Professionals Using False Accusations of Emotional Harm & MSBP/FII on SEN Parents

False accusations of child abuse in the form of emotional harm and MSBP/FII happen across the board in the UK, but seem to be particularly focused on parents of children with special needs. Situations such as: Asking a school to provide more support for their child or challenging lack of provision/school failings; Appealing to SENDIST regarding an EHCP; Requesting support from social services for your child's difficulties; Seeking a health assessment for your child's difficulties, particularly ASD, chronic fatigue, Ehlers Danlos; SEN child school-refusing; Cover-up of medical/diagnostic/administrative negligence or error, challenging a health professional's opinion, or ignorance of a medical or neurodevelopmental condition; Services wanting to prevent access to expensive resources and disliking a parent's persistence; Parent having ASD and being misunderstood or misrepresented by professionals; A culture of parent-blame; Circular assurance/professional bias/professional defensivism can all result in false accusations being made against parents, causing unwarranted child protection investigations, which traumatise the children as well as the parents. Sometimes it results in removal of the children, which can be permanent, for instance by forced adoption. There is at least one notorious professional writing training documents and workshops for professionals in recognising FII and emotional harm, who has seriously damaging attitudes towards parents and lists a parent seeking a diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos syndrome for their child as an indicator of FII. She also lists autistic mothers as being perpetrators of FII.  Is it any wonder false accusations of FII and emotional harm have become so widespread? "A huge increase in the number of children being referred to social services has caused “catastrophic” trauma for tens of thousands of families without any corresponding increase in the number of child abuse cases detected, the author of a study has said." False accusations can also be of neglect, or even physical abuse, which disorders such as Ehlers Danlos syndrome / hypermobility leave families vulnerable to, due to ignorance by professionals.  Ehlers Danlos can cause easy bruising, dislocations and other features. Those false accusations are also included in this petition.  We the public say no!  We will not stand for Acts of Parliament being misused against any parent due to malice, revenge, negligence, or any other reason.  We will not allow public monies to be misspent against the public this way. We request the Government writes stringent safeguards against misuse and abuse of the law, within all Acts of Parliament covering children and families and makes it law that all health/medical and neurodevelopmental possibilities are independently assessed of a child, before a referral for emotional harm or FII can be made and this to include accepting private diagnoses obtained by parents if NHS services have failed the family; We request the Government puts in place serious penalties for any professional who misuses and abuses the law against families and sanctions LAs who pursue malicious case building based on false accusations - penalties to include financially compensating families; We request social workers who perjure within documents or courts; who do not conduct honest and unbiased child protection investigations or comply wholly with all relevant laws; who do not honestly ascertain the veracity of allegations at the outset - to include listening to parents; who emotionally abuse and traumatise children by conducting unwarranted investigations based on false allegations against their parents, are immediately and permanently struck-off and perjury is criminally prosecuted in all cases; We request the Government issues new training procedures for all professionals in avoiding false allegations being pursued, to include changing the culture of parent-blame, knowing their legal obligations with regards to Human Rights, disability discrimination/equality, Data Protection, following the law correctly and learning on the damage caused to innocent families by false accusations; We request that unless there is very significant evidence (as opposed to speculation and unfounded suspicion) of harm to a child, that children of parents accused of emotional harm or FII, remain with their families, where appropriate under surveillance, until medical or neurodevelopmental possibilities have been independently assessed and parents have been given a fair and unbiased opportunity to provide information and evidence regarding their child and answer allegations at the earliest opportunity (pre-referral ideally); We request that all social workers and current teachers receive mandatory training in all ASDs including the unique subtype of pathological demand avoidance (PDA) as a matter of urgency.  Too many social workers are ignorant of ASD and misjudge parenting or child's needs.

Autistic Parent
1,634 supporters