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SEN and one 2 one advice please

honeyb35 Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
I'm after some advice regarding my neice who is diabetic and also has juvenile arthritis. She attends a mainstream school and has a one to one support worker to help keep an eye on her blood sugars throughout the day and to sit with her at mealtimes.
Last year she had a really good one to one, who took it upon herself to learn about diabetes and my neice, so she could deal with situations as and when they arose. However, this person has now left, and someone else is working as her one to one.
However this new person doesn't have a clue what they are doing, nor do they seem to want to learn. My neice has had quite a few hypo's at school, purely because this person ignores advice sent in by my neices mum. For example, before physical activity her mum sends in a snack that she is to eat first, so she doesn't drop too low. This one to one doesn't let her have it, then rings up demanding to know why my neice has dropped so low.
She thinks its funny to leave my neice dropping lower and lower whilst she talks on the phone to her mum. She rang up to advise that she was lower than 3, but kept talking on the phone even though her mum insisted that she go and give her something to eat before she went any lower.
Her mum has also been into the school office before, and overheard this one to one talking about her daughter and moaning about her mum.
She obviously doesn't take her job seriously, and I fear she is being very unprofessional about it.
I don't understand why she is doing this job, if shes employed to support someone with a medical problem, why doesn't she attempt to learn about it?
My neices mum is currently in the third trimester of pregnancy and is struggling to deal with that, as well as all these problems.
What are the guidelines for one to one workers, does anyone know? Is her mum able to demand that the school replace her with someone who can safely look after her daughter?
Any help and advice that I can pass on will be much appreciated, thanks!
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
complain to the school say their staff are not trained for the job ect ect
#2
Thats already been done - to no avail. :-(
banned#3
Who employs the support worker?
#4
write in to a newspaper?
#5
Write a strongly worded letter to the Head Teacher and if no immediate response follow it up with a phone call. Threaten to ( and do if necessary) complain to the Local Authority. You can get in touch with the local parent partnership service, call the L.A and ask for the details. Ask them to come to any meeting with the school and let the school know before hand that they are coming. Does the niece have a statement? If she does it should say in the statement the type of support she should be receiving. If she doesn't it might be worth asking the L.A to assess her for one, what Year is she in?
#6
Shes in year 3, yes she has a statement.
#7
I feel your pain, I am in the school 3 times a day right now caring for my middle child as the school can't cope and have delayed applying for is statement and 121, hopefully he will get some emergency funding after easter.

Complain to the head, the goveners, then LEA.
#8
Does your niece's statement specify the exact support she needs and at what times? Also, does it allow for sufficent time for this to be achieved? I agree absolutely that the school should be caring for your niece appropriately but it would be very useful if the statement specifies in detail the support that you have outlined that she needs and the times that this is needed.
It may be the case that the statement only allows for say 10 hours support and in this case the school should have an emergency review to ask for more time if your niece needs full time on-to-one.
I am a SENCO at a secondary school and find it appaling that, even when the support is with your niece, she behaves in such a dangerous and inappropriate manner.
I'd be speaking to the SENCO as the first port of call and asking for a change of support. This could and should also be part of an emergency review of the statement.
#9
tinkerbell28
I feel your pain, I am in the school 3 times a day right now caring for my middle child as the school can't cope and have delayed applying for is statement and 121, hopefully he will get some emergency funding after easter.

Complain to the head, the goveners, then LEA.


Have you asked the school to begin the statementing process as they cannot refuse if a parent requests this. I'm not sure how it works in other areas but certainly in mine a statement does not bring any extra funding unless it is for very complex needs. A typical statment for say 12 hours a week brings us nothing extra but we would expect to meet the pupil's needs out of our normal SEN provision.
#10
On phone so can't quote. I asked in oct when the ed psych said he needed 121 funding.

He has severe needs which have been allowed to get worse by the school as this was not done. I now have to go to the school 3 times a day to care for him and be on call for extra incidents.

After a long meeting with the school this week it turns out emergency funding has gone through for 20+ after easter with a view to getting the max in sept or have him on a list for the specialist school my eldest is in for ASd.
#11
Whilst i have never had to deal with SEN I and some of my friends have found writing your concerns direct to the school governors usually has quite an impact. Keep the letter polite but emphasize your concerns.
Hope it gets sorted out for your niece.
#12
Is your niece involved with a diabeties specialist nurse? She could also talk to the school and set up a care plan which they must follow. I hope you get this sorted, what a stressful situation for you. X
#13
jacquij123
Write a strongly worded letter to the Head Teacher and if no immediate response follow it up with a phone call. Threaten to ( and do if necessary) complain to the Local Authority. You can get in touch with the local parent partnership service, call the L.A and ask for the details. Ask them to come to any meeting with the school and let the school know before hand that they are coming. Does the niece have a statement? If she does it should say in the statement the type of support she should be receiving. If she doesn't it might be worth asking the L.A to assess her for one, what Year is she in?


^^^^^this, very good advice.
#14
if you get nowhere hun try ofsted x
banned#15
tinkerbell28
I feel your pain, I am in the school 3 times a day right now caring for my middle child as the school can't cope and have delayed applying for is statement and 121, hopefully he will get some emergency funding after easter.

Complain to the head, the governers, then LEA.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ That is the correct order to do things

You need to word it in such a way to let them know it isn't just a complaint about someone not doing their job properly, but a real fear that the consequences could be severe illness or even death and trust that they take your childs health as seriously, if not more so, than her education.

I have to say though, most schools will not let their staff get involved in medical conditions because of the obvious consequences if something went wrong.

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