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(UK) Derbyshire: Council fails special needs boy for 7 yrs; there may be more kids failed

June 30, 2021, Derbyshire Times: Derbyshire mum's 'nightmare' fight to get special needs schooling help for her son Central England

Roxy Bond, aged 32, says she has been battling for years for her son William to have the extra support she believes he needs for his schooling. She said she had no idea what she was letting herself in for when she first approached Derbyshire County Council seven years ago and says what followed has caused immeasurable stress and disruption. Mrs Bond, who works in the wedding industry, says she has had to reluctantly hound the county council to get support for her child and she is still pushing to achieve this, now taking the authority to a formal tribunal. She says the council only granted an education, health and care plan for William in April. An EHC Plan is a legally-binding document agreed between the county council, school, parent and child which outlines the support which will be offered and how it will be provided. William has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and has some communication issues…. “All through his education he has been labelled as the naughty boy but his behaviour is just him reacting to what is happening around him. It is not just him ‘being a lad’. “I’ve been told by teachers that in all their years of teaching they had never seen a child as naughty as him. “He is having violent outbursts due to school stress and he thinks everything is his fault. “It has been a nightmare for our family and now he hates school. “Some days he just will not get out of the car, he sits in the car and won’t get out and we cannot get him to go to school, so we just come home. “No-one in the school would come out and help. We had to pester and kick up a fuss and I didn’t want to do that. Now someone from the school comes out to help us. “I just want to see him thrive but he has bad mental health, has low self-esteem and has a stammer. “I feel that William is being discriminated against due to not being able to thrive like his peers due to his disabilities.” Earlier this month, the council apologised and branded its own support of a child with special educational needs a “failure” and suspected there may be other children it has also failed. It said it could not rule out failing further children with special educational needs….


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