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disability discrimination

22 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Local authorities, UK Parliament

Stop children with special needs entering the care system

There are many families like ours struggling to get their children the right support, My son has ASD (autism spectrum disorder) ADHD and ODD (oppositional defiance disorder). My son is the most loving and gentle child, he is thoughtful and bright. Unfortunately he can be extremely challenging and aggressive some times, this isn't his fault, he can not control his behaviours, he has high functioning autism, yet for years he's not had any help or support to be able to identify or deal with his conditions, despite the whole family begging and pleading for support. We have spent years advocating for Tylers needs, attended meetings, training courses, and specialist parenting groups, he's stayed with family members all of which have tried to support tyler the best they can. Unfortunately my son was arrested this year, no child should have to go through this, he doesn't choose to be this way. This resulted in him being placed in care to protect his younger siblings, my son hasn't had access to education for almost a year, which just isn't acceptable, he is being failed by local authorities, he's is just a child. It has become apparent that the local authorities need training in ASD to be able to identify and protect children. Too many families are forced to put their children in care as they are unable to get the support to meet their children needs and to protect others. Placing a child into care doesn't help the child, their behaviours are consistent where ever they are placed, it's wrong that any child is away from their parents especially when their family have fought so hard to protect them. Any child should get the support they need and deserve. I'm sure there's many parents like me out there and we need to raise awareness. These situations shouldn't occur, it is neglect and it is the child that suffers further trauma being away from those who love them, and the parents are destroyed.

Rhia marshall
561 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to House of Windsor, disability rights uk, equality and human rights commision, employment appeals tribunals, Jackie Ashley Journalist @guardian, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Professor Ley Sander, David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent Telegraph, Laura Donnelly Health Editor for the Telegraph, Hugh Pym Health editor for BBC, Nick Grimshaw BBC Radio 1 DJ, Nigel Freshman Smooth Radio DJ, Andrew Castle Smooth Radio DJ, Lady Ruth Deech, chair of the Equality Act and disability committee,, Justin Tomlinson MP, Baroness Onora O'Neill, Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, Saghir Alam OBE, Professor, epilepsy action, epilepsy research.org, Alex Rennie Salisbury Journal, House Of Lords

More enforcement of Disability Discrimination Law to protect disabled people at work.

I was born with medically intractable epilepsy, my education suffered and my prospects of having any career that would enable me to live independently were diminished by the impact of the epilepsy, and the discrimination that I often faced. In an attempt to remedy that, I had surgery to remove my right temporal lobe and my hippocampus. I secured a job in the NHS as a Medical Photographer, and I disclosed my medical background on my job application. I loved my job and was promoted in my post I was bullied over a significant length of time by a senior colleague, and harassed by a manager after protesting against the bullying behavior towards me. An investigation found that I had been bullied and harassed on five counts, and the company policy stated that the penalty for that was dismissal. Even though I made protected disclosures about my medical background and my fear for my own welfare, I was told by a Nurse Director and HR that I had no choice but to continue to work with my colleague without a manager present, despite her being found on five counts of bullying and harassment of me. A OH Consultant who was also legally trained, advised that I should not be forced to work with or have contact with my harasser. A clinical psychologist also advised against a second mediation, which was being forced on me with threats of disciplinary action if I did not take part. I had disclosed that the epileptic auras had returned, and I was diagnosed as significantly depressed by the clinical psychologist who advised against the second mediation. With the help of  solicitors Russell Jones and Walker, I made a grievance for reasonable adjustments to be made so that I could continue in my job, but not have contact with the person who was found against for bullying and harassment of me. I became very traumatised, and had anxiety attacks each time I came into contact with the Bully, my biggest concern was that stress was always a trigger of the epilepsy. Before my grievance for reasonable adjustments was investigated or responded to, I was placed on forced suspension against the advice of a legally trained OH Consultant who asked "why wasn't the bully dismissed". At a preliminary hearing in the tribunals, Judge Craft also asked the same question. My employer was the NHS, and under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, employers of such size are required to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people. Whilst making protected disclosures to a nurse director about the epileptic auras, she commented to me " they can do what they want, they are not going to sack the bully". It was never part of the terms and conditions of my contract that I had to be subjected to bullying and harassment. My request for reasonable adjustments was however not upheld, and I was not allowed to go back to work in the job that I loved, and was giving me the means to live independently for the first time in my life. I was paying union subscriptions to Unison, and I spent my house deposit on solicitors after my Unison Rep told me she was not qualified enough to help me. Despite my efforts to keep my job and work in a harassment free zone, I was not allowed to go back to work, and I was dismissed on grounds of irretrievable breakdown in working relationships. I became very ill, and I was also threatened with eviction by my employer Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, even though I was paying my rent. From disclosure of my P.File, I discovered written evidence that my dismissal was being instigated by directors and HR, immediately after my colleague was found against on five counts of Gross Misconduct against me, and it took eighteen months of unreasonable threats and harassment, which made me ill to the point I was disabled and unable to cope in the presence of my harasser, due to the physical and psychological impact that was having on me. Shortly after the preliminary hearing in 2013 where Judge Craft asked the question "why wasn't the bully dismissed", I discovered that Salisbury NHS foundation Trust dismissed the bully. Shortly after that, DAC Beachcroft, (solicitors acting for my former employer) applied to the court to get my medical reports thrown out of court. Before the hearings took place, they also wrote to me stating that they would make application for me to pay their legal fees, but if I withdrew my claims they would reconsider. My mother attended the tribunal with me. At the tribunal I was represented by Michael Oram. Whilst it was not accepted by Judge Kolanko that I was disabled by epilepsy, (despite having suffered that and the impact of it for the majority of my life) and the removal of my right temporal lobe, and my right hippocampus, it was accepted that I had become disabled presumably by the disparity of treatment.  It was also commented by two lay judges that I should not have been forced into a second mediation, and there was also criticism about the risk assessment that was advised/recommended but never actioned by managers. Under cross examination of one manager, he claimed he did not have the tools in his tool box to do a risk assessment, another manager claimed that she was doing one in her head. The Nurse director claimed that she was not aware that I was suffering depression, yet the abundance of evidence provided to the tribunal Judges contradicted that claim. She did though admit that she dismissed a disabled person.    My vulnerability should have been considered by my employer, not only from my own disclosures about epilepsy and removal of my right temporal lobe and hippocampus, which were made on my application and also in verbal exchange during discussion with managers, but also from the disclosures and advice that was being given by health care professionals employed by the same organisation, and acting on behalf of myself and my employer.  My inability to cope in circumstances that were being unreasonably forced on me, arose from my own incapacity related to my disclosed protected characteristic, which was worsened by treatment that was unlawful and not a part of the terms and conditions of my contract. Under the protection of the disability discrimination law and the Equality Act 2010, I should have been protected in the workplace, and been able to have kept my job.  

Louise Simmonds
108 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Department of Education, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan

Support parents who have Mental Health Disorders through the school complaints process.

On 12th December 2017. I went to collect my youngest daughter from her primary school. That day nothing was different in that I had often arrived late to collect my daughter on previous numerous occasion. Not something i'm proud of but that's the truth and i wanted to be totally honest so you can have the whole truth about what I was going through, during that time which had greatly impacted on my lateness that day plus during. In february 2017 of the same year I had suffered a breakdown and there had been a rollercoaster of life changing events which greatly affected my Mental Health. To the point where I wanted to end my life. I reached out for help from my GP who agreed it would be in my best interest to go into hospital. Which I agreed to and I made good process within three days I was granted permission to leave. This was my first day within a Mental Health hospital. I was lucky to have the support of my mother who looked after my four children for me during this time. I later remained with my mum for about a month. To get my health back on track. Not only for that reason but the police had to forced entry to my home during my crisis. Which had caused great damage to my front door.  Sadly what followed later was that the council failed to board up my door. It later remain broken until september 2017. I had to reach out to get the support of my care coordinator, support worker and GP. They tried and the council continued to make up lies about why the repair had not been carried out.  In the end was left with no choice and contacted a lawyer who got the ball quickly rolling a ensure my door was replaced. The council then chose to settle out of court. Then during the months that followed I was given the runaround by the same council to move in.  I suffered flashbacks and my Mental Health began to wearaway. I found that sleep was impossible and grew afraid of leaving my home. I would have anxiety attacks daily. About my children going to school and opening my front door was a daily battle. Then My eldest daughter was being tested for skin cancer and it hit me hard. I just started to feel like had my Mental Health caused my child to get sick. My daughter is my rock and has been my main support during my time as a parent and while in a crisis. So felt like the weeks felt like months and minutes became hours. Today I know my daughter now does not have Skin Cancer. The test came back fine and she is doing great. I would arrive to drop my youngest daughter late when in a crisis but it got to the point where I was late day in day out. I noticed it was causing nuisance at the school for the class teacher and office staff rightly. My daughter would plead with me to allow her to go home by herself from school. I explained daily that she wasn't ready and that she needed to show me she was good at checking the roads.  Each day together we both practice with traveling to school. Sadly I felt she was still not ready but started to fear I would be frustrating her class teacher to the point my child would often make mention of comments being made to her, about this subject and other unrealed matters. Then I recieved a fine from the school and I went in and spoke to office staff. I requested a consent form and made mention that would it be possible for my daughter to be granted permission to be released from her teacher at the end of the school day. That I would like her to remain in the office if i'm late, as she is still not good at crossing the roads. I requested this verbally and asked the lead receptionist if this was possible before handing over the form. I asked her do I need to write it on the form. She replied no that she would let them know. I felt relieved and truly believed that not only would my daughter by safe until collection, but also I would somehow become exempt from the late fee. I made it my duty to inform the class teacher of this request, to ensure she had been informed to prevent any confusion. This agreement was working as in that I would always collect my daughter from the office. The same office lady agreed with me, as I told her if it can't be done I won't put the form in. At no time did the school ever inform me that this agreement was later going to be broken. They never contacted me on that day in question that they would be sending her home alone. My child has never gone to and from school without an adult. She has never travelled alone on public transport alone, let alone gone to any local shop or nearby park. If ever I was unable to collect her I would always inform the school, That her father, grandmother or teenaged sibling would be collecting her. I feel very let down by her school. Who have done this to my child, having known all the facts around my health and personally circumstances. I believe I put in the form in late September or the mid October of 2017. The agreement was working as during that time. I would collect my daughter from school on always and she would be safe in the office with a member of staff at all times until I would collect her. I felt really bad when i would collect her late. The energy  not there within me to sleep at night. So I would often over sleep and struggle to arrive on time. On the 12th December 2017 I made my way from my new flat, I was late by twenty mintines. I went to office straightway and apologized for my lateness. I was not informed until after half an hour that my daughter had been sent home. After having being told that my daughter maybe in after school club at the back of the school. I return straightway to the office to inform them she is not there. I then was told they may have not come down yet. It's now 4pm and i'm starting to sense something is't right. I wait for a moment and then go to check the playground area, as there are children playing football in the pitch. I then am told no year four child is in the pitch by the same coach. I return to the office and check the after school club and go back and forth to communicate with the office staff that my daughter is not there or anywhere within the playground. The lead office staff contacts now the class teacher at this time. It's then that i'm told my daughters name was on the list to go home alone. I explain to the teacher that my daughter never goes home alone ever. I always collect her and that we have recently moved to a new house. The teacher follows after me and explains the school recently updated their system and my daughters name was on her list. My daughter was not outside the new house, and it is then I decide to call the police.What happens later my home in seach by a single police officer and I get asked to remain inside my flat. To date I have not received a written apology and my complaint around this day is still has been unheard by my daughter school. I have been sliented but I feel the need to bring this issue to the parents as this sadly has not been the first time the school has failed to acknowledge and investigate my complaints. As once before while in year two my daughter was sent home by mistake.We later found her own on the road by myself. My and brother I were while making our way to the school. At the sametime there was no consent given for them to do so. No action has been taken against any staff member who had a duty of care to my child. The school has chosen to just whitewash the whole events.  I understand there with be many who are angry me that I was late, I too am greatly sorry that I was believe me. If you have ever experienced that feeling not being about to find your child or them going missing you will understand why I feel the need to go not only into great detail.  I can not sit back and allow my voice to go unheard, as I feel that this has now happened twice. Parents have a right to know that all schools will look into their complaints fairly without bias. Weather they be an academy school or not. I want you to sign this petition for the children who maybe failed again and again by schools who think they can have the last say about the safety of all our children while in there trusted care. I'm asking for the Lambeth community to ensure that we stand together now, when the life of a child has been placed at harm's way. Today i'm asking parents who have been failed by their child's school, during the complaints progress to stand with me, as all children deserve to be safeguarded against abuse and neglect. By signing this petition you can help ensure our children's futures are brighter and safer. As the parents of our children we need to be heard and treated with respect in spite of our Health conditions, by the schools our children attend. By signing this petition you with be not only ensuring, that some of the most vulnerable people in our society are supported when raising complaints directly to schools. You will be ensuring that discrimination is wiped out within our school system against those who seek to abuse their power. To date I have not received any support from the local authority (Lambeth Council/Child services) or Educational services around my complaint. They have not acknowledge my complaint at anytime or apologised. I have removed my daughter from the school in question, which I have chosen not to name for legal reason. However I will and am ready to do so, if it means we can prevent this happening to another child and another family.    Yours Sincerely Charlene Harper       

CHARLENE HARPER
670 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Department of Education, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Boris Johnson MP, Nick Clegg MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Mary Macleod MP, Karl McCartney MP, James Morris MP, Global Partnership for Education, oldbury council house, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Malcolm Turnbull MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Amber Rudd MP, Vince Cable MP, David Laws MP, Andrew Stephenson MP, Paul Uppal MP, Matthew Hancock MP, Marcus Jones MP, Jason Clare MP, European Parliament, Kris Hopkins MP, Anna Soubry MP, George Eustice MP

changes for special needs children

Hi all i am from the westmidlands UK and im a mother  to a 5 year old sweet boy with complex learning difficulties, We need loads more funding and understanding for children with all different special needs. More time in mainstream schools & more teachers training on special needs kids! We need more special school opening and time spent on our children just like the rest do, im so saddened by this it breaks my heart to know our children are suffering how about in 5-10 years time the next generation of children are going to suffer immensly due to this something has to be done NOW. Nevermind trying to pass our children off as naughty or cant be bothered to teach them so they end up in limbo like a pru with no formal education again due to no special school placement for children with no formal diagnosis, i am a mother of a special 5 year old boy whos going through hell with himself trying to get him where he needs to be! Like many others we need extra funding in order for our children to get the education they all deserve. Its been going on too long now something needs to be done i want to get as many signatures as i can to forward to the SEN department and above goverment for there understanding that us as parents simply cant keep going through hell all at the mercy of endless paperwork. We need them to listen to us parents as we know what's best for OUR CHILDREN not them! We need more special schools opening and training as theres a big rise in new cases and nowhere to place our children, please help by signing lets get our childrens voices heard Thankyou

sarah brownhill
602 supporters