It is clear that effective local support can be provided and can make a big difference to the lives of those involved. Despite the evidence about what works, there is a lack of local support for children with learning disabilities whose behaviours challenge. We want to see this change.
A series of reports over the years have considered why local support is so poor:
Sometimes it is because people don’t understand why behaviours are happening or what support and services are needed. Sometimes it is because people think that children need to be sent away from home to get the right support. Often it is because the way services are set up and funded makes it hard to provide services personalised to the individual needs of children and their families.
It angers me that this support was not available in our local borough, not only for myself but for all the mothers and fathers who are still in the same situation. Something needs to be done.Ann, Josie’s mum
We don’t believe any of these reasons should be used as an excuse to deny children the support they need to live their lives to the full. Other reports, including Ensuring Quality Services and Paving the Way show how effective local support can be provided.