Page last updated at 23:15 GMT, Monday, 15 September 2008 00:15 UK

Mother raises son's care concern

Shona Clark and son Paul
The council said it had been in touch with the family

An Aberdeen mother has claimed that her autistic son has been badly let down by care services in the city.

Shona Clark's son Paul, who is 21, had been living in council-run supported accommodation, but she said he ended up in hospital after becoming suicidal.

Mrs Clark said requests from Paul's doctors for more support from the council fell on deaf ears.

Aberdeen City Council said it had been in contact with the family and the case was being discussed.

Mrs Clark told BBC Scotland: "We had a fit, healthy young son and now we have somebody who has ended up in hospital.

"He's coming on slowly. It's too early to say what effect this will have on him."

She said Paul lived at home until last year and was getting 30 hours of care from social work services.

He wanted to try living independently and last November he moved into accommodation in Garthdee for people with disabilities.

His mother said she was angry that only 15 hours of support per week was available.

In June this year, the consultant psychiatrist and psychologist treating her son wrote to the council's social work department saying that his complex psychological and cognitive needs were not being fully met by his current care package.

'Discussing concerns'

The letter concluded that "additional one-to-one support was required to avoid serious consequences".

Five weeks ago he became suicidal and ended up in hospital.

A council spokesman said: "Aberdeen City Council can confirm that we have been in contact with the family in question and will be discussing their concerns further.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further on a clients care package."


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