Ben Haslam and the Laming Report Changes
The link is to a story about an autistic child in Bedfordshire.
What is interesting about this story is the interrelationship between potentially care proceedings (although having seen the video they talk about S20 which is not a care order) and the activities of the Local Education Authority.
It has been argued that the care system is being made to act in the interests of the LEA as a result of the reorganisation of the care system to place Childrens Social Services in with Education as Childrens Services.
I don't know enough about this particular case to make any judgment. I am, however, concerned about the over use of care proceedings in relation to children with ADHD and whose condition lies in the Aspergers Spectrum.
Interestingly this also relates to the close of an LA special school. The agenda of so called "inclusion" is clearly causing exclusion for some children. Perhaps in this case we should be questioning the closure of the special school rather than trying to work out the merits of "The Shires" at £250K pa or the LA's proposal at £120K pa. Frankly, however, given the current costs of care (residential or foster) it strikes me as odd that the LA's costs are as low as they claim.
However, there is a great resistance to working with parents (and the extended family) in Childrens Specialised Services. This cannot be good for the children.