Chesterfield mother in fresh battle with County Council over support for her disabled son

A Chesterfield mother says she's disappointed Derbyshire County Council have stopped providing one-to-one support for her disabled child.

Sharon Davis recently won a battle with the authority to provide her son Josh with transport to school - but now has concerns he's not getting the education he needs.

Josh recently made the transition from a mainstream primary school, where he was provided with one-to-one support, whereas he now attends a special school, in which Sharon claims he isn't getting the same level of care. 

Ms. Davis said: "Josh has quite individual needs and what it appears to look like is that they take all of the children as a generic package so there's no individual needs catered for.

"Josh is actually lacking the one-to-one support that is crucial to him. When Josh was in mainstream school he had a full-time one-to-one support. Now he's transitioned into secondary specialist and they tell me he doesn't need one."

Ms Davis says they're currently involved in a tribunal process with the Council to determine whether or not Josh will get the support.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesperson said: "The Local Authority has a duty to ensure that children have their needs met as outlined in their Education, Health and Care Plans and we will always work with parents and schools where concerns are raised to ensure that children are appropriately supported.”

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