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Who By Fire

Ugh. Horrible evening yesterday.  Grenouille arrived home and somewhat to my surprise I saw the driver as well as the escort hovering outside the door.
“Can we have a word with you?”
“Yes, of course, come in.”

It turned out that G had been in a right old state all the way back, after An Incident during a College trip.  My heart sank.

The trip had been stressing G out all week.  It involved planning a Christmas shopping expedition to a big multi-retailer centre: budgeting for tickets, purchases and lunch out, then taking public transport from College to the Big City, navigating the streets and the shopping centre, interactions with strangers and food that wasn’t from the usual pack-up.  Not just for a couple of hours, in our little town, with a dedicated PA, but all day, somewhere large and unknown, with shared support.  For G, it was a massive…

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Autism Initatives Northern Ireland – ”Nothing but the same old Story”

The Mainman is still suffering after receiving severe injuries while in the care of Autism Initiatives and Liverpool City Council – shame on them and the male support worker involved in the incident…….. [shall I name him] ….. I’ll name him in my next blog – did I tell you he has never been registered to vote – never been on the electoral roll…… now there may be a simple explanation for this…… I sure would love to hear it – he’s a man of mystery …….

As we know Autism Initiatives sacrifices the client rather than tarnish their reputation as they did with the Mainman.

Autism Initiatives also practice in Northern Ireland again as in Liverpool the clients received extremely poor care

Northen Ireland Social Care found a support worker while employed by Autism Initiatives wasn’t fit to practice due to misconduct on the 4th & 8th September 2017 – the support worker used restrictive practice methods upon a service user.

Obviously, there is a pattern running through Autism Initiatives – the difference is that Northern Ireland Social Care supported the client and took action against the support worker, unlike Liverpool City Council who turned their back on the Mainman

notice of the decision by NISC

Autism Initiatives has no sense of caring if they did they wouldn’t have treated the Mainman as they did.

……. and when the system tries to grind you down – just say …….fuck this shit…… 

Solidarity is Power

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The Mammy and the Mainman – he makes me so proud ……..  simply the best……










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Adult Social Care in Liverpool.

After five years fighting for justice against Liverpool City Council and Autism Initiatives, everything is in place and we can now get the help the Mainman should have had 5 years ago LCC and Autism Initiatives refused to honour the Mainmans suffering and stretch the litigation out as long as they could – safeguarding themselves and not the Mainman

The Social Worker involved in the case also failed the Maiman  – not following up and checking the staff were trained – which of course they weren’t.

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This is the caliber of Social Worker involved in my son’s case while the Mainman was suffering and he did suffer the Social Worker posted this photograph on his open Facebook Account from the Royal Supreme Court London with the caption ” Just a typical day down at the high court in London init?

[This had nothing to do with the Mainman and his case]

Obviously, he is in the Supreme Court because of a Vulnerable Adult for whatever reason that may be – but to post a photograph on  Facebook with an open diary just shows the lack of professionalism and respect for the client and family…..

The same Social Worker also posted the following photograph on his open Facebook Account


Is it me ………or do you think these two photographs posted by a serving Social Worker employed by Liverpool City Council leaves you cold?  This Social Worker was involved in my son’s placement – this is the Social Worker who failed to protect my son.










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I cried today when I heard Alfie Evans had died.

I admired his parents, his father Tom [21] though he was in unbearable pain he emerged as an articulate knowledgeable man who handled the system in a cool and professional way.

I don’t see the NHS through rose coloured glasses we all know of the abuse and deaths that are covered up.

There are a lot of over bloated egos in the NHS and unfortunately, I came across them when the Mainman was being treated at the special dental unit Liverpool Royal Hospital.

The last appointment the Mainman had was December 2017 – he was kept waiting in a crowded noisy waiting room – he became upset – the consultant advised me to stay in your car until we’re ready for you’  

The Mainman had his teeth cleaned and polish under sedation.

I emailed to confirm the next appointment I received the below email.

Dear Mrs O’Keefe,

Apologies for the delay in responding to your email.  The  appointment date we had scheduled for Peter, 22nd March, cannot be confirmed today due to a revision of the list for treatment. We are in the process of rearranging this and will inform you of the new date in writing early next week.

Kind regards,


They didn’t send me a new appointment but they did send me a Solicitors letter which read: Because of the Mainman became anxious at the last appointment we have put down the following rules.

  1. The Mainman will be picked up in a car with two security personnel and brought to the hospital they will remain with him the whole time even when receiving treatment – he will be returned to his home by the security personnel.  There were a lot of stipulations in a two-page bullying letter.


A few weeks later I received a telephone call from Liverpool Social Services – they also received a solicitor’s letter from NHS Special Dental Unit legal team saying in their opinion [the trust] feel I needed support – LCC said they would not take action and the letter was ignored.

The Solicitors letter I received was horrendous and very disturbing.  In my years of politics/disability campaigning, I have never received or read such a bullying letter, it is in breach of all disability laws and human rights it’s like going back to the dark ages of the 50/60.

To send a Solicitors letter tells me just how Liverpool NHS are removed from the world of Autism.

The only word I can use to explain why they wanted to exclude me from my son’s appointments is tyranny being cruel and oppressive towards my son and me  – they don’t give any explanation as to why they want me excluded. The solicitor’s letter was cruel, unreasonable, and an arbitrary use of power and control……. and without consultation.

The experience the Mainman would have to go through to gain treatment [clean & polish] would outweigh any benefits – to be collected by two strangers taken away by transport without me his mother who he spends all his time with would be too much for him to bare – this would impact on his PTSD and heighten his Autism – the NHS deals with all different members of the public no two people are the same but their response to my son  is to send a solicitors letter because they don’t know how to deal with Autism

5 years – half decade to fit one tooth due to poor dentistry all 18 surgeries failed.

The Mainman has been cool when attending the Unit – this was the first time he became anxious due to no fault of his own – his Autism was not honoured.

I asked an FOI as to what training the staff had received in Autism.

The NHS is like the curate’s egg good in parts – there are a lot of bloated egos – the special dental unit should have less ego’s more compassion.

Professor Youngson operated on my son [the 19th op] for 4 hours fixing his mouth and I thank him for that.

This tells you of the state of care for our Adult Autistic kids in the NHS.







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5 years – 60 months – 260 weeks – 1.825 days – 43.817 hours – 2.629.038 minutes – 157.742.310 seconds this is how long the Mainman has suffered at the hands of Liverpool City Council – Autism Initiatives.

One tooth knocked out [will lose another in the near future] – 19 operations – bruised body – cut lip – coat ripped off his back and Support Worker said I don’t know how it happened.




One of the 19 operations my wonderful lovely son had to go through – it broke my heart.

On the 18th April 2018 we were in court for the Judge to sign off the Mainmans compensation for the serious injuries he received while in the care of Autism Initiatives.

In 2017 my Solicitor/Barrister advised me to remove Liverpool City Council from the legal action as each party were going back and forth with no regard to the well being of the Mainman.

Mayor Anderson OBE ignored all my letters/emails I wrote to him politely asking for help.  I find it quite ironic that he can write to the FA over an Everton FC Transfer but when a vulnerable adult asks for help he turns his back.

Liverpool Council made life deliberately difficult – I had a meeting in my home with 2 social workers and my observer – one social worker took minutes [as you can see] when I asked for a copy  I was told by a manager social worker “no minutes take” – and gave me the address of the Ombudsman.

I reported all 3 social workers to HCPC this picture was part of my evidence


The Social Workers had a 3-year strike against their registration which would become active if more issues came to light.

Now, why would the Social Workers blatantly lie – the Manager Social Worker in his evidence to the HCPC said the other social workers told him *no minutes taken*  isn’t that scary stuff – what were they trying to hide or what were they told to hide…..

The Mainman was diagnosed by his private psychologist as having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Liverpool City Council and Autism Initiatives wanted their own assessment – they employed a Harley Street Psychiatrist [who agreed with our diagnoses].  Liverpool Council paid for a Psychiatrist to come from London to assess the Mainman for one hour then travel back to London.

The Support Worker involved in the incident was employed by Autism Initiatives on zero hour contract and had received no training he also refused to give a statement for the court hearing as he didn’t want to  be cross-examined!

Autism Initiatives who say they are a 21st century agency  should hang their heads in shame here are a few reviews from their own web page.

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Support Worker (Former Employee) –  Bootle – 1 October 2017
worst company to ever work for work over 45 hours a week 14 hr shifts a day and don’t get paid the right amount have 1 day of work and have double pay taking from wages would never work for company again. Fake promises to all service users within there facilities. the houses that I visited when I was employed by AI were in diss repair but autism initiative seem to just value the money they are receiving for service users.

House Manager (Current Employee) –  Bootle, Merseyside – 29 June 2017
They do not seem to care about their staff. Staff are continually expected to work 50+hours to give up pre arranged events at moments notice with virtually thanks what so ever

Terrible place to work
Key Worker/Support Worker (Former Employee) –  Warrington – 23 July 2015
The hours are unsociable the pay is unfair for what you are expected to do. Management are mostly related and stick together. Bullying is rife by management and service users are treated disrespectful.

All unpaid carers – parents of an Autistic Child don’t think for one minute that Liverpool City Council are Autistic Friendly they are not my Adult son has been battered  by them  – Social Workers lying – Mayor Anderson refusing to answer my correspondence – I wrote to Joe Anderson for the best interest of the Mainman – he ignored me in the best interest of himself.
I will be writing another blog soon as I have a lot more to say about the remorseless system of Liverpool City Council.



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Disability Abuse by Autism Initiatives. The Mainman Receives a Substantial Out of Court Settlement

Wirral In It Together

abuse and neglect of people with disability is unacceptable mainman audreyThis is an update to our original post from almost three years ago, here:

This is a positive ending to a long-running scandal, instigated and prolonged by hard right Labour Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson’s long litany of damaging negligence and serious failure.  Anderson’s approach was to dig in and battle against the interests of justice, hand in glove with the Autism Initiatives legal team.

This was a deeply regrettable, harrowing situation for the innocent people involved and was both foreseeable and avoidable,ever since the dark days of Winterbourne View, the events recorded by the BBC Panorama programme, and the subsequent ‘new safeguarding…

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17th Operation for the Mainman

On 31st August the Mainman went into Liverpool Dental Hospital for his 17th Operation because of injuries he received while in the care of Liverpool City Council and Autism Initiatives.  He had full anaesthetic which went via his nose, his surgeon’s were

Professor Youngson BDS, DDSc, FDS, DRD, MRD, FDS(Rest Dent) RCS (Edin), FDS RCS (Eng) PFHEA.  

Dr Fadi Jarad BDS, PhD, MFDS RCS(Eng) MRD Endodontics RCS (Edin), FHEA, 

Avril  MacPherson Clinical Director Consultant of Dental Surgery

Consultant Anaesthetist plus full theatre staff

The operation lasted 4 hours the surgeons came to see me half way through the op explaining their findings and how they were going to proceed.

4 hours is a long time and I was very worried and quite weepy the Mainman’s brother was with me and was very supportive.

After the op, we went to the recovery room the poor Mainman was out of it he eventually came round but was very shaky his nose was sore and swollen as was the lower half of his face after a few hours he was allowed home the nurses supported him to his brothers car ‘he legs were very shaky’.

The Mainman could only eat very soft food but he slept for the next two days …… as always I am tremendously proud of him his 17th operation and he coped well.

Autism Initiatives put my son with a casual support worker who was on zero hour contract and had received no training – we are checking at the moment whether Autism Initiatives did a CRB/DBS check.

Autism Initiatives states in their literature their mission is to meet the needs of people with autism and only have staff that a fully trained. Autism Initiatives refused to produce the bank staff training record my legal team applied to the courts who instructed Autism Initiatives/Liverpool City Council to release the document.

I was not surprised to read the support work had received no training, what I found sinister is that Autism Initiatives/Liverpool City Council tried to hide the training records from me and my legal team.



It is 4 1/2 years since the ‘incident’ 17 operations later and Liverpool City Council and Autism initiatives still display contempt and arrogance.

I look forward to the trial……

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