Glasgow’s teen with Down’s Syndrome ‘failed by the system’ say nervous household as help runs out

The mother and father of a teenage boy with Down’s Syndrome say he’s being ‘failed by the system’ after being left with no help since ending faculty over a month in the past.

Kyle and Gillian McCormick, from Knightswood, worry their son Mikey will develop into reclusive and regress in his social potential whereas ready for a help bundle to be arrange by social companies. The couple can also be going through the prospect of getting to place him into supported dwelling sooner than deliberate as they battle to manage on their very own.

Mickey, who’s at present 17, was born with Down’s Syndrome and is below the full-time care of his mother and father.

The household has beforehand been capable of lean on his faculty and organisations like Buddies for respite however with Mikey’s age and an absence of companies out there, are going through an uncertain future.

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Dad Kyle advised Glasgow Stay: “Mikey was purported to be ending faculty sooner than he did however as a result of the care packages he wanted weren’t put into place, the college saved him on till the remainder of the pupils completed.

“The packages nonetheless have not been put into place regardless of us assembly with social staff in January to debate plans for him transferring into grownup companies.”

Whereas he is persistently had help whereas at college and thru after-school golf equipment, Mikey is now going through months of not interacting with different youngsters or constructing on his social expertise and most significantly, a complete upheaval of his regular routine.

Kyle added: “The care bundle he had in place was actually good, he was going to Buddies Glasgow social membership after faculty on a Wednesday and for 16 days within the faculty holidays. He is been going there since early major however with him leaving faculty the afterschool care does not apply to him.

“I’ve spoken to the service supervisor who’s mentioned at a push they may discover a house for him however he’ll be the oldest and he can solely keep till he is 19 after which he’ll must go elsewhere.

“For his different bundle, we had been advised simply days earlier than that he was coming as much as this final session. From Mikey’s faculty, there are round seven or eight who’ve all left faculty so that they’re in an analogous place.

“We have no grownup care plan going forward.

“The one respite he has till October is the after-school membership when the colleges return in August. Aside from that there is nothing in place. It isn’t for an absence of funding from social work, the social care system is crippled and on its knees.

“The final 4 years there’s been main staffing issues, in two of his companies specifically. They cannot get the employees to remain.

“One among Mikey’s companies shut down as a result of they could not recruit employees.”

Mikey’s mother and father at the moment are majorly involved that if he does not get a bundle in place quickly it is going to negatively impression his growth.

Regardless of encouragement from his household, Mikey naturally likes to spend time on his personal and, with none care companies in place, would fortunately spend all his time alone in his room.

Kyle added: “My spouse has received a restaurant and he or she’s Mikey’s predominant carer. I’ve received two youngsters with disabilities and I am the primary carer for considered one of them.

“When he was at college we received a little bit of relaxation and my oldest daughter has been serving to by watching him for spells. She’s hopefully going to uni quickly so I am going to must drop my commitments to take care of Mikey

“He does not need to be dragged about. He is fairly set in his methods and likes a routine so the college routine was good for him.

“When Mikey comes dwelling from faculty or the service, he spends 99 % of his time in his room on his personal. He’ll allow us to in so for therefore lengthy however he does not spend a lot time with the household.

“I am step by step attempting to get him to return out extra however he goes straight into his jammies irrespective of the time. I am attempting to get him to exit for a nighttime stroll which might assist his sleeping routine as nicely.

“We’re majorly involved that if he does not get a bundle put in place quickly it is going to negatively impression him. His social expertise have already regressed and the longer he is away from a social setting and friends then there’s the potential that it might worsen.

“It is going to have an enormous impression on Mikey in addition to me and my spouse. It’s totally draining.”

With Mikey going into his late teenagers, his behaviour has develop into extra aggressive with outbursts seeing him throw plates and develop into tougher for his family members to deal with.

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The stress of the state of affairs has led his mother and father to contemplate placing him into full-time care a lot sooner than they want to.

Kyle defined: “We had by no means considered placing him into care full time however we’re now contemplating it.

“We really feel as if we’re attending to that time now the place the system is letting him down. It will be higher for him to be within the lodging with full help than sitting in his bed room. It is heartbreaking to consider and it is one thing that we actually do not need to think about.

“He is the son, sibling, the joker, he performs an enormous half within the household and to not have him there and to place him into care as a result of we won’t cope simply now and we’re not getting the related help that he wants simply now, that may simply be an enormous kick within the enamel.

“I do not suppose it will be truthful on Mikey. I feel there will likely be a time when it is going to profit him however we’re not prepared for that simply now.”


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