Category Archives: Campaigns

Mumsnet’s #thisismychild campaign – my thoughts

Mumsnet are running a campaign called #thisismychild which aims to bust damaging misconceptions of children with additional needs and to promote support and understanding for families. All too often children and young people with disabilities are stared at, ridiculed and … Continue reading

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The academy and the admissions policy – an update

You may remember this post in which I told you about the academy that is proposing to change its admissions policy.  It wanted to alter the criteria in favour of pupils in two Church of England schools rather than those … Continue reading

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#kevsautismcampaign

Bullying is a subject close to my heart.  My son was badly bullied a few years ago by a crowd of young people who lived down our road.  It was an awful experience for him and for us and not … Continue reading

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If I was to speak to Edward Timpson MP I would say

….that just reforming the statementing system is not enough to relieve the hardship that families like mine face.  We also need local services and local schools that are equipped to support the needs of our children.  As my story will illustrate, … Continue reading

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Share your story and help campaign on the Children and Families Bill!

I’ve just received this email from the EDCM (Every Disabled Child Matters) and I thought I’d share it with you. Dear Debbie The Children and Families Bill currently in Parliament will change how children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) … Continue reading

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

When we think of slavery we  often think of the transatlantic slave trade but the truth is that slavery continues to this day in the form of trafficking, sexual exploitation, forced labour and the recruitment of children for armed conflict.  According … Continue reading

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Please support Anti-Bullying Week 2012

I have received this email from Beat Bullying, the UK’s leading bullying prevention charity and, as it’s anti-bullying week, I’d like to share it with you.   Dear Supporter, You can change a child’s life with a donation of £2.79 today. … Continue reading

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DIY SOS: The Big Build Children in Need Special

As part of November’s Children In Need, DIY SOS The Big Build travelled to Edinburgh and enlisted local tradespeople to help refurbish a centre for children and young people with additional needs. Watching the team refurbish The Yard (as it is … Continue reading

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A knock on the door

Netmums have a fabulous campaign running at the moment.  Called the United Kindmums it is a year of action by Netmums members to improve their own lives by carrying out small acts of kindness.  They say that by showing compassion to … Continue reading

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Grief and the special needs parent

There is a theory that there are five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.  First introduced by Elizabeth Kubler Ross after working with the terminally ill, the theory is applicable to many situations where someone experiences … Continue reading

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