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(UK) Scotland sees claims of abuse of SPED students

Dec 30, 2018, Scottish National: Disabled children are being treated barbarically ... where is the outrage? https://www.thenational.scot/news/17325848.disabled-children-are-being-treated-barbarically-where-is-the-outrage/ IN 2010 my son Calum who has epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism and learning disabilities, was restrained by four staff in his “special school” face down on the floor until he passed out and urinated. Then the teacher picked my child up off the floor and strapped him into a wooden chair (still soaked in his own urine) and stood over him with an egg timer for further punishment. Calum’s “crime” was not wanting to come off a specially adapted bike he was riding in the school gym hall, which they called non-compliance. … The school didn’t think they’d done anything wrong and were surprised I complained. The police were not interested in pursuing any kind of criminal case against teachers in a school. I became vocal in my local community and soon other parents began to contact me to say they also had concerns about the safety and wellbeing of their children. It wasn’t just the use of restraint that was worrying. Some children were being dragged along school corridors and left in small “rooms” sometimes called cool down or quiet rooms, or blue rooms. … Parents sent me pictures of what I can only describe as cupboards where their children were being held, sometimes for many hours. I realised that the use of restraint and seclusion went unrecorded, and that there was no national guidance for local authority day schools. … In June 2015, the issues in my petition went to the UNCRC in Geneva, and in 2016 the UNCRC made a series of recommendations to all four of the UK governments/assemblies. So far not one has implemented these recommendations. In 2016 I was awarded an outstanding achievement award from The British Institute of Learning Disabilities for my campaigning to protect children in Scotland’s Schools. I spoke at their International Conference in Liverpool, which took my campaign out of Scotland and made it UK-wide. … I now have 605 cases involving children who have been subjected to the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. I decided to look at the numbers behind those stories in more detail. I was shocked to find that 26% of those 605 children were just six years old. … Right now, if a disabled child is non-verbal or has little expressive language, they cannot be interviewed by police. They are automatically considered “not credible” and in the absence of their child witness testimony there is no possibility of reaching the standard of evidence required by the crown to bring these cases to court. Which is why, of those children subjected to barbaric levels of restraint and seclusion in our schools, not a single one has had any kind of accountability. Where is the outrage? …