Over the past two years, I have been deceived, and manipulated.
But most of all, ignorant, of the Local Authorities, and Government’s policies, for the mentally disabled.
Through my experiences, and being a lawyer, I have researched, the law, and practice, of the despicable, clandestine, ruthless policies, initiated, by our last government.
Now implemented by our present, with the help of charities, care agencies, courts, and Local Authorities.
They, not only exploit, our most vulnerable, that should, in a civilised society, be our most protected, but, use our money to do so.
So in this post, I would like to share with you, how this is happening, so at least, parents can be forewarned.
Naively, I thought what our government meant, by privatisation of welfare, was personalised budgets, where families would be provided with lists of carers.
Rather like rated.dot. Com carer, and be able to choose, and employ the right ones, with the help of an administration charity.
But I now realise, personalised budgets, were always doomed to fail, as logistically, there is no effective system, to find carers.
With a maximum of 7.50 per hour, and the LA bureaucratic red tape, the system, is no more than a sop, to real privatisation.
The term, has been hijacked, by the personalised services money, being paid to spying support packages, over which the consumer has no control.
Our government’s privatisation, is privatised monopoly corporate care agencies, run for maximum profit , cultish, on message, employing, a sea of itinerant, zero hour workers often immigrants.
Or, small ad hoc care agencies, and education packages, on a commercially aware basis, desperate for your ‘pot of money’, paid to them, and controlled by the Local Authority.
‘Education’, has been privatised, under EHCs, for those with special needs, after 16.
SEN statements no longer exist, replaced by ad hoc, on message public/ private partnerships, combining social care with ‘independent’ skills training to encage.
After 16, there are no longer schools.
Or respite centres, as a home from home.
Or day centres, to meet up with chums.
Do not let anyone, try to convince you this is about cost cutting.
This is about redirecting, the money, we pay in taxes, to fund our public services, into large corporate monopolies, some owned by venture capitalists, outsourcing companies, or self preservatory charities, on a ‘sustainability’ basis, recycling profits tax free ,who service the social care, and independent living industry.
It is an orchestrated rip off, not only of our taxes, but of our statutory rights.
These corporations, are basically out sourcing companies ie employment agencies, easily disposable, and unaccountable; they can rip off and disappear, and reappear, under another name.
‘Independent living’ for life, is in secret, there are no spy cameras, complaints are futile, and, the Care Quality Oversight a tick box exercise.
So social ‘care’ is the perfect business model.
Our government’s privatisation has already ripped off probation, prison and court translation service by SERCO, and soon our child protection service, and courts.
In breach of the disabled, and their families human rights to a family life, and freedom from oppression, and inhumane treatment, Carers Act, Equality Act, Autism Act, and Education Act.
But, as these rights, cannot effectively be enforced, they can be ignored.
Encagement, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, is the biggest, and most draconian weapon.
Since August 2013, applications to the court of protection for deprivation of liberty orders by LAs, have risen over 60%, but not, the number of judges.
Who continue to complain of impossible case loads.
Courts, are effectively forced, to rubber stamp applications, relying on the presumed paternalism of the LA, that ‘independent’ 24/7 supervised living, will always be in a person’s ‘best interests’.
To maximise profit for the Local Authority,‘incapacity’ is being too liberally, and, therefore illegally applied.
It is generally accepted, that the MCA, is not doing what it was intended to do, or is it?
We have the terrible conflict of interest, that the more severe the disability, the less the capacity, and the more the need to encage, and the greater the profit from ‘care’.
Making it not in the LA’s interests, to provide adequate care, for the disabled.
As the more distressed, a vulnerable person is made, by their ‘care’, or removal from home, the more evidence, the LA get of their’ incapacity’,so its win win.
My daughter is a prime example.
Since 2013, £200,000 had been spent on her.
A million, on her 5 yr 6 month NAS home, despite her being a third of the time, at home/holiday.
Her education regressed, her teeth rotted, faeces impacted, she suffered PTSD, had had no school,nor any overnight respite away from home.
Care and education, has made my daughter, ripe for processing under the Mental Capacity Act.
SEN has been replaced by a 75 million government fund, to provide bespoke ‘education’ packages
Anyone, and everyone, can set up such packages, but will have to be in with the LA to be paid.
Their quality appears unaccountable, as the LA commission the service, it has a vested interest, in finding it fit for purpose, and would be liable, if it were not.
The parents have little say, the threat, of loss of access to their children silences them, and, complaints are futile.
Legal action, for breach of statutory duty, without legal aid and the risk of court and LA costs, is impossible.
Education provision, does not appear subject to any oversight.
My own experience of such education packages, was not good.
We were lead to believe, that my daughter at 16, would attend a named local special needs school, and a teacher from the school assessed her.
I assumed under SEN.
A teacher from our local special needs school, attended our home in June 2013, for what was ‘termed’ an assessment of Issy.
But consisted of my filling her in, on the dire regression in her reading and writing, her one and a half million ‘special needs’ provision had produced.
She said nothing as to how, where, or, what our daughter would be taught.
I had asked, would it be in her school building, she replied not usually, inferring lack of space.
Then,in the September’s Children in Needs Meeting, I was introduced to a man from XY, I was not told his function, and thought him a general overseer, and actually nicknaming him, the ‘umbrella man’.
At the end of this meeting, he discussed Isabel’s ‘education’, which he said would commence mid October, with an assistant teacher from the said local school, and, an existing agency care worker.
I thought Isabel was being phased into the named local special needs school,eventually attending fulltime until 18/25.
Instead, her education consisted of a twice weekly, 10.45.-3 pm, increased to 3 in January, outings.
Issy had lunch in a cafe, visits to a farm, two visits to the local school, and swimming.
The assistant teacher, showed me a picture of her classroom, and, I noticed there were computers stacked on the floor.
She provided Issy with a large cloth calendar with weather symbols, books from the local library, handcraft materials, but all had to be stored in our house, often it appeared the ‘classroom’, was not available, and locked.
I later found out, by looking at the address of the education provider’s office, that her ‘classroom’, was in fact a spare office in their headquarters.
And, a worker told me, Issy was often unhappy there, and office staff had complained of her noise.
There was no evidence of scholastic improvement, her ‘report’, stating she had acquired skills, she already had,like putting hat and coat on, carrying own bag, table manners, this package, supposedly, preparing her for her future ‘ independent’ living.
Making her even more profitable.
This ‘education’ was also used, to obtain evidence of parental incapacity, and/or neglect.
I was told, by a worker, that the education workers,were spying on me, and discussing me in Costa coffee, after their education sessions, with their education package manager.
The education manager man asked me, ’Do you want us to continue to support Isabel ?’.
Confused I replied,’ You have a statutory duty to do so’.
Weeks later, he asked again.
I said, ‘You ’ve already asked me that’.
He said, ;Yes but you didn’t give me an answer’.
I said.’ is there any other option’.
He said, ‘He didn’t think so’.
The documentation sent, before our April Children in Need Meeting, said funding was in place until 2015 for this education package, but needed the parents’ consent.
Which, was why, he had pressed for my consent.
I withdrew my improperly implied consent, at a children in need meeting in April 2014.
The manager then took his workers, and left us without any support, or, Issy any ‘education’.
The same education package provider, has an internet site, and operates a drop in, for all parents with teenagers with behavioural problems, in confidence.
Desperate parents, reveal their problems, which, can then be used by social services, to show you cannot control and/or your parenting is abusive and/ or neglectful, and in your child’s best interests to live independently, and you cut out of his life for ever, as an abusive/incapable/neglectful parent.
There is a conflict of interests here.
Your social worker will offer your child/ adult psychological help; this can then feed into their lack of capacity, and best interest’s reports, needed for a deprivation of liberty order.
Your social worker, will ask, as mine did, if you are depressed, anxious, and offer you psychological help, and you will be assessed.
And, as psychologists, are paid by the state, and want to continue to be paid, it is likely, their report will not be in your favour.
Depression, and anxiety, and by now, no doubt paranoia, can be easily diagnosed.
If you start suggesting illnesses, your unable to communicate child might have, they could add fabricated illness disorder, the newly named Munchausen.
Meanwhile, your on message GP, will want to examine you to ascertain present, or future health issues, that could affect parenting capacity, weight, age, diabetes, cholesterol, and, any conditions, you do actually have.
There is a similar modus, used, to obtain care orders, and as with the care courts, all is done in secret.
If you go to the media, you could be imprisoned for contempt, and, you will be gagged for life.