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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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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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My son has eczema, asthma and food allergies

My son has eczema, asthma and food allergies

I need some advice, my son who is 6 has eczema and asthma and food allergies. School are aware of this but it’s a constant battle to get them to do things right for my son even with medical hospital letters. Well there was an incident regarding my son being given extra medicine which the school deny but my son still says happened even now. Well I told school I didn’t want them doing anything for him so I went in for 3 days to do it myself once a day when he’s supposed to be done 3 times a day. Well 2 days later he was given pizza at school for dinner which he’s not allowed to eat as he has an allergy to tomato based food. Which he wears a badge stating and school kitchen and office are aware of this but still happened. I’m not happy now with my son school and I take him home now to feed him and cream him at dinner times and also provide snacks and his own juice as he can’t have at school. I just don’t know what to do as I’m not happy with him there and don’t feel like they dealing with his needs as this keep happening and when I go into complain I get told to take my child out of school and that they do more than enough for my child I just don’t know what else to do. 

The situation sounds very stressful at present. I wonder if you could find a way to talk to school about your concerns. Is there a teacher or teaching assistant that you have a good relationship with? If there is perhaps you could request a meeting with the schools special needs co-ordinator or other staff member responsible for pupils with medical needs and ask if this person can also attend. Do you have a clinical nurse specialist at your local hospital? They often have a role in helping schools understand medical needs and how schools can work in partnership with parents. Some will attend meetings with parents at the school. Has the school drawn up an Individual Healthcare Plan? A review of this is a good way to talk about what is and is not working well in school. This can be a way to be both positive in relation to what is going well but also let school know what is not working. If you feel that the situation with school staff has broken down it may be helpful to contact the school governor responsible for special needs and explain your concerns.

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