Mother takes legal action against support service closure

A mother has taken legal action to try and keep her autistic son's former support service open in Grimsby.

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North East Lincolnshire Council says special needs provision still under "active review"

The educational needs of children and young people with autism in mainstream schools and academies are now being met through access to a range of services and provision; these include the SEN Support Service based at the Western Technology Site, which provides advice, support and guidance.In addition, schools and academies can access specialist advice and support through the partnership arrangement available between the SEN Support Service and Cambridge Park Special School.

For those children and young people that may require higher levels of support and intervention, the local authority provides access to an assessment of their special educational needs, the provision for which is made through a Statement of Special Educational Needs. For those with significant and complex needs provision may take the form of a Special School placement in the borough whilst for a very small number of children and young people it may be appropriate that their exceptional needs are met in very specialist schools outside of the local authority area.

All children and young people’s access to a service and the provision required is delivered through a dialogue with parents/carers. The range of provision available in North East Lincolnshire remains under active review and development with the help of a stakeholder group known as the Communication and Interaction Task Group which reports regularly to the SEN Strategy Group, members of which include representatives from the Parents Participation Forum and the Parent Partnership Service"

– North East Lincolnshire Council

Support service closure will be a "lifeline lost"

Thomas and his mum Denise

A mother has taken legal action to try and keep her autistic son's former support service open in Grimsby, saying it'll be a lifeline lost if it closes.

Denise Portus says although her 12 year old son Thomas has settled in well at a new school, future generations with autism will miss out because Asdrel, which is due to close at the end of this month, provides more one on one care.

Thomas also now has a half an hour trip to school instead of five minutes and has been forced to leave many of his friends behind.


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