1,062 petitions

Update posted 4 hours ago

Petition to Sue Powell Simon Stevens NHS CEO (Islingon Manager LD), Nhs islington NHS England, Simon Galczynski .... Simon Stevens NHS England., David Cameron MP, Ed Miliband

Bring my son Stephen home & care for him in our community #bringstephenhome

My son Stephen is 19 years old. I love him to bits but right now I am desperately worried for him. He has autism and finds it hard to communicate. For over a year now he has been living in a unit at St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from our home in London. He has learning difficulties but he is being kept under the mental health act at a psychiatric unit, with patients much older and with a range of different conditions. He has the sweetest smile but since he has been there I haven’t seen it once. It's not the right place for him - even his consultant agrees he should not be on the mental health register and should be moved somewhere more suitable. We have to travel miles each weekend to see him and sometimes we only see him for a few minutes, sometimes we travel all the way to see him, only to be told that we are not allowed a visit. And other times he has been put on so many drugs he just falls asleep. It's is heartbreaking to have to leave Stephen there. He is covered in bruises and has gashes all over his head from where he has hit himself from being anxious. Right now the local authority is reviewing where to place Stephen. They want to move him to another hospital in Colchester but that won't solve anything. We want Stephen to have a better quality of life; to be able to spend time outdoors, to be around his family more often. Ideally we want Stephen to live with us as a family with the support of carers. He should also be taken off the the mental health register, so he has more freedom for how he lives his life. Other families who have loved ones with autism have successfully fought to have them live in homes with specialist carers near loved ones. And the Government made promises that people with autism and other learning difficulties should be cared for in their communities with the help of their families but this promise is being broken for Stephen. Stephen is being let down by the institutions that are meant to be caring for him - locked up in a hospital and lost to a system that wants to tick boxes instead of care for my son. Stephen deserves to be allowed to live a life in safe place with carers who understand his needs and surrounded by people that love him. Please sign my petition and help my family but most of all help my son.

Stephen S A M
29,779 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Edward Timpson MP

Let Schools in England know they are required by law to have a medical conditions policy.

My daughter Jenny has Type 1 diabetes. That means by law her school should have had a long-term medical conditions policy in place to protect her and other children with long term conditions, like ME (chronic fatigue syndrome), asthma, arthritis, coeliac disease, epilepsy, migraine and many more.   But after Jenny had a major problem at school recently, I found out they didn’t.   That’s why I am asking the Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson to make sure every school has a long-term medical conditions policy in place to support and protect children like Jenny.   Jenny was out doing her cycling proficiency when she had a massive hypoglycaemic episode. No-one had made sure she had her test kit or any glucose with her. She was made to walk back to school where it took her 40 minutes to recover.   I’ve spent the last few weeks asking other schools in my area what support they offer. Disappointingly, no schools I spoke to had a long-term medical conditions policy in place. In England, this is actually a breach of the law, but more importantly it risks children’s lives. This serious threat to my daughter’s health could have been avoided if a medical conditions policy had been in place and was being properly followed.   That’s why I want the Minister Edward Timpson to write to every school in England, to remind them that they have a legal responsibility to have a medical conditions policy. And to make sure that these policies are actually being followed, he should ask school regulator Ofsted to look at this during their inspections.   Making sure schools get this right will help children with serious medical conditions thrive in school, and could save a life. Please sign and ask the Minister to take action now to ensure schools are ready and able to help all children with long-term medical conditions. To find out more about what schools should be doing to keep children like Jenny safe, please visit the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance website. Here you can download free template Individual Healthcare Plans (IHPs). All children with a long-term medical condition should have an IHP. If you take these to your child’s school you can ask them to work with you to complete the plan.  The link is:

Louise Fyfe-Taylor
41,049 supporters