Tuesday, 2 August 2011


AN IMPORTANT REQUEST FOR HELP!  This is a photo of my lovely son Liam on his wedding day. Doesn't he look proud?  Unfortunately his dream of living happily with his wife has been shattered because Social Services have not done their job properly. Because they both have Down's Syndrome, Social Services should have carried out reviews when he got engaged in November 2009 then again when they got married in Sept 2010. It is now almost a year since Liam and Fizz got married and the review still has not been carried out. This means that Liam only has care workers helping him 3 days a week.  The rest of the week he has no one to support him.

He has recently bought chicken and left it on the side for two days because his fridge was full, then under cooked it ready to eat and more seriously has been hospitalized needing emergency surgery because he and his wife didn't recognize the dangers of leaving three abscess untreated. He got septicemia and needed IV antibiotics!

Social Services now say that the only way to ensure his safety is to remove him from his wife and his home because the recent review they carried out indicated he should be able to manage with less support than he currently has.

Can you imagine what his happy face will look like if this is allowed to continue.

It would make Liam So HAPPY if you would HELP!


Put this post as your blog or facebook status for as long as you can asking all your friends to help, and spare a few minutes of your time sending an email to the Director of Adult Services who is responsible for Liam's Heartache.  

Make the subject - Liam Adams
and leave a brief note - maybe 'This situation is unacceptable'.  The objective is just to have him inundated with email about this so he recognises that it needs immediate action and cannot wait until they carry out yet another review!

His email address is  Derek.Law@northyorks.gov.uk. you could also copy in his boss Richard.Flinton@northyorks.gov.uk.

Cummon Guys, lets see if we can make this go global!

Thanks so Much
x Michelle


PatR said...

On the case Michelle! I really don't know what is happening in this country. Looking after the less abled should be our very first priority and at the moment it definately is not. Good luck dear friend. xxx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Michelle, just a quick one to let you know the job's done - I've copied the email to you. Your son & his wife have a fundamental right to stay together and it strikes me as pretty high-handed, and probably lazy-minded, of your SS to decide otherwise. Good luck and I hope all goes well. Elizabeth x

Brenda Brown said...

Michele I don't know what to say. I have done the email and sent it to you too so you can see my response. I am appalled, upset and very angry for you.
I hope this gets the attention it needs and that Liam and Fizz are put FIRST so that they can continue with their married life together.
I wish you every success.
luv and hugs {brenda] xoxox

Zoechaos said...

Sincerely sorry to hear of this it is shocking how after so many scandals inefficiency like this continues and is so damaging to people. Care in the community has been advocated for many years now but it requires well organised efficiently managed professional services to support the aim not failures like this. Umm think I'll copy that into the email for you. XOXO Zoe done

Carmen said...

How irresponsible! I've sent them a note as well. I'm sorry to hear what you're all going through!

suzanne said...

do these people not understand what they will do to liam and his wife's mental state if they make them live apart? its outrageous!

good luck.

craftimamma said...

Email sent to Mr Law and his boss Michelle. Good luck with the campaign.

Lesley Xx

georgina said...

on it my dear friend,the s/s should be ashamed, luv Georginax

SusieJ said...

This is appalling and, unfortunately, typical of British bureaucracy these days - picking on the vulnerable as they're easy prey.
On the case.
Hugs xx

Margaret said...

This is just awful. I work in a Special Needs school where we have Down's Syndrome kids and also a very good friend has a daughter with it. Why oh why can't Social Services think of the individuals instead of their darned paperwork and targets. It's beyond me, it really is. Will be emailing as requested. Good luck
Margaret x

Claudia said...

Oh wow that is so sad! but I do have a question besides SS people isn't there anyone else you and her mother as parents can hire to at least show up and cook for the newlyweds and to make sure they are safe and taken care of. Dpt of SS services thanks to our gov. is understaffed and overworked their hours are being cut and their case load is getting bigger, don't misunderstand me but sometimes and most unfortunately people in what in the US call the system fall through the cracks. Best of luck to you and your family

Claudia said...

I tried and it wouldn't let me sent a message weird huh?

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Michele, I sent my email and it was sent right back, I think they may have blocked those addresses, I'm sorry I wish I'd seen it sooner, Do you have another address? It's an awful situation that they're in, Gay xxx

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

I'm back! This time I sent it to just Mr Law, I think this may have actually gone, fingers crossed anyway, Gay xxx

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

So sorry to read about the problems your Son & his wife are facing. I have sent my email off and I have also snagged your picture and popped it on my blog with a link to your post. Would love to hear how things go for them both.

Wendy -x-

lisa said...

Hi Michelle
I have been way for a few days and just catching up with stuff and have tried e-mailing today but the e-mail won't go. Do you have another address!!!
You must be absolutely distraught after all your hard work and seeing Liam and Fizz so well set up to be let down by SS and then having the threat of them being seperated. What is this country coming too!!! I hope your campaign has the desired effect. If I know you it certainly will.
Good Luck with it all.
Love and Hugs Lisax

Suman said...

Hi Michelle...
i have wirked with special needs children for quite a while.., and have a special child myself.. first of all..., it is amazing that you people have such a system in place that is meant to care for the people in the community who may have problems taking care of themselves. sad to hear that the couple went through such serious health problems because they werent aware of safe practices as regards handling food.
i'm not from your country.., and have no idea of what social services they are entitled to over there... just a few basic concerns, which i felt like asking you...
-has Liam not been trained about handling food that needs refrigeration.., and who bears responsibility for this oversight?
-do the people in the immediate family not know that the couple is unaware of such basic facts?
-if they are not capable of caring for themselves..., should someone from the family not be pitching in to help them out?
-how could immediate family let them set up house alone together when they can't take care of themselves?
im asking these questions out of concern for the couple and not to find fault with any party. being the parent of a special child myself.., i am a lil overwhelmed with concern.