Its as if one side of the system is at loggerheads with the other and caught in the headlights is P and his family with nowhere to turn…. It’s horrifying to read and I can’t imagine how bad it is to be involved. The fact that a family can’t ask for help, and after reading this there’s no way that you would ask, without their lives as they know it being torn apart is shocking..
Our post on the final day of 7 Days of Action brings two very harsh truths about the current state of social care into focus.
This story has been anonymised. We won’t get to know the young dude’s name. We won’t get to see what he looks like. The family have received a lot of pressure not to reveal his identity. This is common. Like a court judgment, we will refer to the dude at the heart of the story as P.
Secondly, it is important to note in the story that the family weren’t having any problems at all with their dude prior to him going into the ATU. The mother asked for respite because SHE was ill. Family members’ illness is a common passport to detention in an ATU.
Here is our young dude’s story in his mother’s words:
My son is 17 years old. He is locked…
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