Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Government urged to set up register of home-schooled children

"The Government has been urged to set up a register of all children being home-schooled after an eight-year-old boy died of scurvy."

"The recommendations have been made in an independent review set up following the death of Dylan Seabridge in Pembrokeshire, Wales. When the child died at his family farmhouse, he had apparently not had any direct contact with doctors, nurses and teachers for 13 months. Education officials had visited his home after concerns had been raised about him, but they were allegedly denied entry and they had not enforceable powers to see him."

"Dylan collapsed in December 2011 and his family phoned 999. Emergency services attended but he suffered from cardiac arrest in an ambulance on the way to hospital and could not to be saved."

"His parents, Julie and Glynn Seabridge, told authorities that they thought he was suffering from growing pains. An inquest found he had scurvy, which can occur due to severe Vitamin C deficiency."

"His parents were charged with child neglect but the case was later dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service."

"Following Dylan’s death, the Welsh government set up an independent review of the circumstances. The findings, reported in Wales Online, include: `He was not routinely having access to play, leisure, sporting and cultural activities along with friendships and age appropriate socialisation`."

"When he encountered health problems he was not given the right to appropriate health care. His parents had parental responsibility and a duty to provide appropriate care, including the need to seek medical attention for his health needs. This did not happen."

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