We at The Open Nest feel very strongly in the voices of children, young adults and their supporters being heard. When your child needs extra support in some areas of their life it makes you extra protective as a parent. This blog post is in defence and support of @sarasiobhan whose son was not cared for properly in an assessment unit. As a result of this neglectful practice he died. Instead of getting a meaningful apology Sara and her family have had their grief compounded by institutional fobbing off and fake arse covering apology. If you can please support the campaign. It’s personal but its also political. #JusticeforLB
Day 67 was adopted by Amanda, pictured here with her daughter, Jazz.
Amanda is founder of The Open Nest and in this post she shares her own thoughts, feelings and experiences as a professional, as a mother, and as a supporter of #JusticeforLB.
When I was a social work student I specialised in working with groups of people who needed to access social care but were often voiceless or suppressed within the system. As with all those who seek state support these people were referred to as ‘clients’ of the services. This is actually where it began to irk me. Clients as a word suggests business. Not as is in ‘clients have a strong voice and will not be messed with’, but rather clients are one cog in the big wheel of the business and the huge industry of care that we seem to have developed in this…
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This is not remotely on the same scale at all, but I work in a primary school as a support assistant. For each session there needs to be quantifiable evidence to show how the child/ren have progressed and what they have learned. So many times those in the upper echelons are so removed from the every day situations that they have no idea what damage their policies are causing.