READ THIS - TODAYS GUARDIAN - WITH INPUT FROM MONIQUE BLAKEMORE
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Since the introduction of EHCP instead of Statementing combined with Cameron's directives on adoption targets and on education health and social work professionals 'Working Together' (which puts many more of them than ever used to be outside their comfort zone of expertise and understanding) - Parents Protecting Children UK, FASO and similar groups (helping families with health or disability issues wrongly accused of child abuse) have seen an exponential rise in the number of families with Autism Spectrum Differences & Difficulties erroneously drawn into child protection enquiries etc.
I put a simple question about this the Parents Protecting Children UK page on December 1st and have had just over 100 responses covering around 50 authorities - I've attached my most recent summary of results showing 97/48 but there are more I've yet to add.
NEEDLESS TO SAY - the highly defensive official responses quoted at the end of the article DO NOT t reflect my observations and experience, or those of the many other volunteer groups and online support pages who are attempting to help such families.
Well done to Monique Blakemore and colleagues who've been working tirelessly to expose this issue.
And well done to the Guardian for printing it - I knew that interviewS had been done but never thought they would publish, as they are usually afraid to upset social workers who buy the paper for the job ads! I'm very glad to have been proved wrong!
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Thankyou so much. Jan Loxley Blount