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My child is being bullied at school

My child is being bullied at school

My grandson who is 6 is being bullied at school. We have been in contact with the school but they don't believe it is happening. My daughter has been to the doctor where they have taken photos and given my grandson sleeping medicine. My daughter has taken my grandson to school today, and she heard the teacher telling one of the parents whose son is one of the ones bullying my grandson; it’s not your son which has upset my family. We are at our wits end now what to do and where to go for the support for my grandson. I would be grateful for any advice you can give us.

Sorry to hear about your upsetting situation and the difficulties with the school. The website below has some very useful advice under the “Getting Support from the School” section. http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/what-to-do-if-your-child-is-being-bullied/

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List of alternative education establishments

List of alternative education establishments

I'm looking to find a list of alternative education establishments more suited to my daughter's needs. She has recently received a diagnosis of Autism, and even with support is very unhappy in mainstream school. 

The simple answer is that there is not a list of alternative education establishments. Your local authority website should have details of all maintained schools in your area, mainstream and special schools and units. Some specialist units will be based in mainstream school. You may have done this already but we would suggest that you talk to the SENCo at your daughter’s school to see if adjustments can be made. There has been a growing demand for specialist provision for children diagnosed with Autistic spectrum disorders some schools now refer to themselves as serving children with complex needs. There are some independents schools such as those run by the National Autistic Society. In most cases your daughter would need an Education Health and Care Plan to be considered for specialist schools/provision.
You may find these links useful.
http://www.autism.org.uk/
http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/help-and-advice/special-needs-advice/types-of-sen/the-autistic-spectrum/179/asd-asperger-s-syndrome-and-autism

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Daughter struggling with anxiety and panic

Daughter struggling with anxiety and panic

I would be very grateful for your advice. My daughter has not felt able to attend school. She is under Camhs for anxiety and panic. What are her educational options given that she has missed year 10 and 11 and her GCSEs? We have been advised to apply for her to attend school to repeat year 11, but she does not feel able to attend school. I would be very grateful for advice about her options. Thank you.

This is clearly a very difficult time for you and your daughter. Provision for young people after year 11 experiencing the difficulties such as those you describe is sorely lacking in many local authorities. We would suggest that you liaise with your local authority making reference to the document here: http://education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g00219676/health-needs-education Additionally, some further education colleges have good SEN and disability support. You could contact local colleges and as about provision for young people that have missed out on GCSE's due to ill health. As your daughter is under CAMHS request the care coordinator support you if you need to apply for additional support within a local college. One recent change is an increased awareness of the mental health needs of young people, hopefully this will be reflected in your local provision. 

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