It has been the craziest two days ever. Since the BBC published my blog post, I have been quite overwhelmed with the reaction.
How about these few stats:
Number of views of BBC page: 201,000
Second most read page on the entire BBC website on 24th July, after the Royal baby
Number of views of my blog: 35,349
Number of new followers to my blog: 560
I want to thank everyone who has commented either here, on the BBC, on Twitter or Facebook. The responses have been almost universally supportive and it feels great that I seem to have struck a chord with my piece. Comments have come from all over and it has been particularly heartening to see all the people who work in the social care field express their frustration and support.
It has led to lots of offers to write or speak at events. It has also led to some personal offers that have really choked me up – offers to help with when we move; offers about helping us get to Somerset.
Steven’s person centred plan drew a lot of comments and I’m pleased to say that since Steven was released from the positive behaviour unit, we have done all six things that he was denied back in 2010.
The incredible reaction has convinced me to press on with launching the Steven Neary Foundation. I mentioned the idea a few weeks back but have had to put it on ice whilst the eviction is taking place. Once we’re settled, wherever we end up, I will be going full steam ahead.
There are lots of new followers who have asked me questions about the history of our relationship with social services. The biggest event was Steven being unlawfully deprived of his liberty for a year back in 2010. Both Steven and I deal with the trauma of that awful year, 3 years on. If you want to read more about what happened, I’ve attached some links:
Here is the High Court judgement of Justice Peter Jackson about the events of 2010: http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/Resources/JCO/Documents/Judgments/neary-judgment-09062011.pdf
Here is the book I wrote about 2010 and the relationship between Steven and me:
Here is the link to the Facebook group I set up in 2010 to try and get Steven home:
Once again, thank you so much for all the support. I had been feeling pretty battered by the eviction problem but have been so lifted by all the good people who have been in touch.
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