Friday, 9 October 2015

Mother calls for better residential services

"A mother is calling on the Scottish Government for better residential care for Scotland’s "invisible" young people as she prepares to send her son 400 miles away to live in England."

"Ann Maxwell OBE said it was a "moral tragedy" that Scotland did not have the facilities to look after her son Muir, 18, who has profound learning disabilities, as he surpasses schooling age."

"Muir, who has a complex form of epilepsy and requires 24/7 care, is a resident at Donaldson’s College in Linlithgow for four-nights a week and returns home at weekends."

"He is now due to go to Young Epilepsy in Surrey from next September after his family found there was nowhere in Scotland equipped to care for him once he had to leave school."

"Mrs Maxwell, of Midlothian, has appeared before the public petitions committee at Holyrood to call for better residential services that will support teenagers like Muir as they head into adulthood."

"Meanwhile, she is faced with uprooting her son and splitting her family so he can get the help he needs."

"Mrs Maxwell said there was "nothing comparable" in Scotland to the centre Muir will hopefully attend in Surrey. "

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