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Mandyw27 Sat 10-Oct-20 17:09:14

My daughter isnt going to school at the moment. She was groomed on line 2 year ago and the man got 18 years.
We gave had councelling for her twice and she is bullied at school non stop.
She has a fab school mentor who has been amazing but my daughter has now seemed to have hit a brick wall.
Tells me she wants to die and font want to be here any more.
She says if I send her back she will kill herself.
I'm not sure what to do.
I have applied for a different school and no spaces so I have to appeal
I'm panicking about being fined for her not going.
Any one else had the same problem

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Ellie56 Sat 10-Oct-20 17:48:11

Get her signed off by a GP or CAMHS and ask the LA to make alternative provision for her as she is still of statutory school age.

Mandyw27 Sat 10-Oct-20 19:08:06

She is under CAMHS at the moment. We had emergency meeting last thursday and I'm waiting for the person arranging weekly meetings..I'm not sure about local authority though or what to do there

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IHateCoronavirus Sat 10-Oct-20 19:10:00

Is home schooling an option?

PlanDeRaccordement Sat 10-Oct-20 19:11:34

Could you get her DLA and then use the money to pay for online school?

ILoveAnOwl Sat 10-Oct-20 19:13:29

If she was under Camhs in our area they could refer to 'hospital school' which is basically at home tutoring. Maybe you could see if this is a thing where you are?

Ellie56 Sat 10-Oct-20 19:47:26

Under Section 19 of the Education Act 1996 the LA has a statutory duty to provide alternative education if your child is unable to attend school.

Mandyw27 Sat 10-Oct-20 21:22:37

Home schooling would yes but would the school do it

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Mandyw27 Sat 10-Oct-20 21:25:33

I'm going to speak with the schoolnpn Monday.
My daughter has agreed to go and see her school mentor on tuesday and I've asked my sister in law to go in with her as I'm at work.
I am always ringing and emailing the school every day.
Just wish she had got a place at the school we had asked her to transfer to.
I am hoping the appeal will work

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KoalaRabbit Sat 10-Oct-20 23:42:31

Hopefully you will win appeal, would have thought you stood an excellent chance as that's horrific circurmstances. I wonder if its worth trying to get an EHCP for emotional needs, may take 6 months, but means you can name a school and have support. School senco would be good to advise on that or local authority SN team, doesn't need to be any educational needs other than finding hard to access due to emotional difficulties.

KoalaRabbit Sat 10-Oct-20 23:45:51

Also if you phone LA and talk to their inclusions team they have people who help keep children in school - they maybe able to help or know someone else who can.

Neolara Sat 10-Oct-20 23:48:19

Do you know why she does not want to go to school?

Mandyw27 Sun 11-Oct-20 08:24:52

She is being bullied due to bring groomed on line by a paedophile and this person shared pictures around to everyone on her friends list and then it got passed around. She get ridiculed every day and its mental torture.

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Neolara Sun 11-Oct-20 12:05:33

That sounds horrendous. I'm not surprised she wants to avoid school. Has the school got any ideas how to tackle the this? And how to keep her safe, especially during unstructured times (break, lunch). There needs to be a really detailed plan about how to tackle the bullying, probably involving peer support. Could she come in 10 minutes after everyone else and leave 10 minutes early to avoid the bullies? Or could you just aim to get her in initially to a favourite lesson where she has lots of friends. The trouble is, if she avoids school completely, it will probably just make her fear even worse. She needs to know that everyone is going to be working fiercely to stop the bullying, and at the same time supporting her back into school in a way she is happy with. Not going to school solves the problem in the short term, but just causes a whole mass of other problems in the long term. This must be a really terrible time for your dd and your whole family. I'm sorry you are having to go through it.

Mandyw27 Sun 11-Oct-20 13:25:10

It dont matter which class or lesson she goes to she has it. She just keeps saying that if I send her she will kill herself.
I just think she needs moved schools away from everyone.
She just cant cope

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OverTheRainbow88 Sun 11-Oct-20 13:44:43

I agree moving schools is the best option in this case, and home schooling whilst awaiting a place.

I would also make a formal complaint amount current school, as they need to get the bullying sorted. And possibly need to add some lessons about online grooming etc.

I’m sorry you and your daughter are going through this, I hope she gets a School move and everything settles down.

KoalaRabbit Sun 11-Oct-20 13:54:45

I think moving schools is the best option in this case - she shouldn't have to put up with bullying like that.

Theworldisfullofgs Sun 11-Oct-20 14:00:13

I think i would write to your governors. Its unusual but your current school can deem themselves not suitable for your daughter. Definitely the case for SEN . It has to be supported by the Chair of governors.

Moving school would definitely be the best thing for your daughter.

TagMeQuick Sun 11-Oct-20 20:15:49

Homeschool while you wait. Buy her some books and get her watching GCSE revision stuff on YouTube - there are some excellent resources on there. Also Khan Academy.

You won't be fined as her mental health is at stake.

Don't send her in, it's not worth it. She's obviously traumatised and completely beside herself.

I'd suggest a family move to another county in these circumstances if you can. She needs a fresh start as even if she moves to another school locally, rumours seem to spread no matter what.

Bunnybigears Sun 11-Oct-20 20:19:17

Moving to a new but nearby school isn't necessarily the answer unfortunately as kids know kids in the other nearby schools and the problems seem to follow them. I would look into online school or like a pp said could moving location be an option?

Luckypoppy Sun 11-Oct-20 20:27:16

Homeschooling isn't up to the school. That's your choice. It's you making the commitment to ensure she gets an education at home. Speak to your local education authority before you make any decisions as she would be 'off roll' of the school and therefore have no access to any services they provide.

Luckypoppy Sun 11-Oct-20 20:28:02

At the minute, maybe make her day more school like. Use Oak Academy to help you.

essexmum777 Sun 11-Oct-20 20:28:11

Don't send her in tomorrow, look into deregistering and homeschooling

fishnchops Sun 25-Oct-20 20:56:59

I'd suggest you contact Sendias, IPSEA or Educational equality for advice. I understand LA's are obliged to provide alternative education for children who have been too ill to attend for 15 days - I'd speak to one of the above to see what support you're entitled to. It might be worth you looking into an EHCP to get educational support but the above contacts will be able to advise you on this. Please don't worry about missed education, she can catch up later xx

fishnchops Sun 25-Oct-20 20:58:49

Also, please don't de-register her before getting advice. You may lose valuable support by doing so.

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