Brisbane parents fear for their children’s wellbeing due to school’s uncertain future | ABC News

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    The Barrett Adolescent Centre Special School (BACSS) at Tennyson caters for about 30 students with complex mental health needs who need support re-engaging with their education.

    The high school helps transition its students either back to mainstream schooling or into university, an apprenticeship, TAFE or work.

    Ms Meredith’s son has autism spectrum disorder with ADHD and had a “post-traumatic-like response” to attending Year 7 at his previous school in 2019.

    “It overloaded his nervous system and so he began to shut down,” she said.

    “With his logic, the only way that he could quieten his mind when he looked at it was not to be here.”

    Her son ended up in the psychiatric unit at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and after a four-month desperate search for an alternative school, was referred to the Barrett school by a psychologist.

    “We had a 360-degree turnaround with my son,” Ms Meredith said.

    “He felt safe, so he began attending school again and from day one, he hasn’t missed a day.

    “As for seeing the impacts on his wellbeing, that’s fairly simple in that he’s alive.”

    The ABC has spoken to staff and parents within the Barrett school community who have concerns about the school’s future, with some fearing it may be shut down or transitioned to a program.

    Ms Meredith said the school was a lifeline for her son and wanted to see it receive long-term funding.

    “There is no other option for children like my son,” she said.

    “If Barrett was not an option for him, he would progressively spiral, resulting in him taking his own life.”

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