Ex-judge blasts safeguarding orders
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by markhayes
5d ago
A retired judge says the growing use of deprivation of liberty (DoL) safeguarding orders is symptomatic of a “catastrophic failure“ to provide suitable care for children with complex needs. Sir James Munby said the UK Government has failed to address the lack of suitable care in any effective way. Retired judge Sir James Munby has raised concerns about the lack of suitable placements for vulnerable children with complex needs Application of DoL orders DoL orders allow the High Court to lock up children in unregulated placements when beds are unavailable on mental health wards or at regulated ..read more
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Mum slams adult mental care for teens
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by markhayes
5d ago
The mother of a teenage boy who took his own life after a spell in adult psychiatric care said no young person should experience these settings. Dr Jane Macdonnell said autistic son Harris, 19, was afraid of returning to Huntlyburn House. It is a mental health facility at Borders General Hospital in the Scottish Borders. Harris Macdonnell with dad Dave Harris experienced a mental health crisis at just 16. ‘No obvious autistic traits’ Paediatrician Macdonnell, from near Melrose, in the Scottish Borders, says though she had some concerns about her son’s struggles to form friendships, ther ..read more
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Welcome for benefit overpayment plan
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by markhayes
5d ago
Plans to text and email carers at risk of benefit overpayments have been welcomed by a charity. Carers UK said it was reacting “positively“ to the move by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Carers UK policy director Emily Holzhausen says alerting those at risk of benefit overpayments is the minimum the charity has called for The DWP faced criticism for prosecuting carers who inadvertently exceeded the earnings threshold for Carer’s Allowance. Carers have repaid thousands The Guardian has revealed that tens of thousands of carers have repaid thousands of pounds. But Carers UK insists ..read more
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Scandal hospital closure ‘shambles’
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by markhayes
5d ago
A parent campaigner says the delayed closure of scandal-hit Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Northern Ireland is a “shambles”. Glynn Brown says the closure of the facility, in County Antrim, is little more than a poorly planned cost-cutting exercise. Glynn Brown with son Aaron Run by the Belfast Health Trust, Muckamore is at the centre of the UK’s largest-ever police probe into the abuse of vulnerable patients. A public inquiry is also underway. Replacement facility Retired prison officer Brown is the spokesperson for the families’ group Action for Muckamore. Brown, from Dundonald, supports the t ..read more
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Sent to hospital for lack of right home
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by markhayes
1M ago
A lack of suitable accommodation within the community is a key reason why autistic people and people with a learning disability have been unnecessarily detained in hospitals, according to a newly released report. According to the study, many patients are also placed far from home, some for years. In addition, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) research says the underfunding of suitable local provision means children and young people with mental health needs face long waits for essential treatment. Half a million wait for treatment Entitled Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2022/2023, the repo ..read more
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Research points to cell dysfunction
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by markhayes
1M ago
Evidence for mitochondrial or cell dysfunction in autism is growing, according to new research. The researchers suggest a subset of children on the autism spectrum show biomarkers for mitochondrial problems. Dr Richard E Frye’s review study has found biomarkers linking autism to mitochondrial dysfunction Mitochondria produce the energy needed for cells to survive and function. Child neurologist Dr Richard E Frye, of the Rossignol Medical Center in Arizona, led the research. Mitochondria ‘central’ to autism His team suggests mitochondria are ‘central’ to autism. They say mitochondria contribu ..read more
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‘National scandal’ of SEN provision
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by markhayes
1M ago
There is a ‘national scandal’ of local authorities not meeting the needs of children with special educational needs (SEN). That’s the view of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Amerdeep Somal. Amerdeep Somal, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, says there is a national scandal of children with special educational needs not having their needs met She is calling for a change in UK policy. She said: “We have repeatedly highlighted there are significant problems across the country requiring national attention and policy change to ensure children are supported during the ..read more
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Illinois Autism Center
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by markhayes
1M ago
Illinois Autism Center is a trailblazer in providing specialized care for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Chicago. Nestled in the city’s vibrant heart, our center offers a secure and supportive environment where children can learn, evolve, and express their true selves comfortably, and without fear of judgment. We champion individuality Each child is a unique individual, and brings with them their own set of challenges and strengths. This is why our center leverages and bases its therapies on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), which is scientifically recognized as th ..read more
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Derwen College
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by markhayes
1M ago
Derwen College delivers exceptional pre-vocational, vocational and independence programmes to support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to learn the skills and confidence needed to progress toward their future aspirations. General description Derwen College delivers exceptional programmes and a rich learning environment for young people, aged from 16 to 25 years, with special educational needs and disabilities, including: Learning and Physical Disabilities Autism Spectrum Disorder Behaviours of Concern Moderate, severe, complex or Profound and Multiple Learn ..read more
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SEN children excluded at six fail at 16
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by markhayes
2M ago
Children with special needs are especially at risk of exclusion from primary school and then failing in secondary school, new research shows. The study found that more than 90 per cent of children excluded in primary school do not go on to pass their GCSEs in English and maths. And it found that almost all of the children excluded at primary school (up to 97 per cent) have special needs. Chance UK chief executive Vanessa Longley says it is crucial to get in early to support children Charity Chance UK compiled the figures. Its report, Too Young to Leave Behind, says increasing numbers of chil ..read more
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