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Mum's fury as son set to be uprooted; FAMILY: Care home accused of trying to push out Down's Syndrome teen.

Byline: By Paul Suart

THE mother of a Birmingham teenager with Down's Syndrome has blasted the city council for uprooting her son from his care home.

Jayne Margetts said Sam, now aged 19, had lived at Camborne House, in Aston, since February 2004 when he was expelled from school for violent and aggressive behaviour.

The civil servant, from Holly Lane, Erdington, said his conduct improved dramatically after he moved to the children's home.

But she has accused the council for trying to "push him out" because they claim he is now too old to live at the home.

And she said this is causing him to revert to his former aggressive ways.

"We had really got him to a good place and now they're trying to push him out," she said.

"It's totally unfair. They were supposed to move him to an adult ward last year but they didn't and forgot about him.

"Now all of a sudden they are trying to push it all through.

"We've all worked ever so hard but in the last couple of months they've really put him back.

"They (social services) have abandoned him and he's going back to his old behaviours."

Ms Margetts has written to Sion Simon MP (Lab, Erdington) for his assistance.

A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: "Legally Camborne House is registered to provide care only to residents under the age of 18.

"Under the Children Act 1989 and Care Standards Act 2000, therefore, we have no choice but to find alternative accommodation for Mr Margetts. We have allocated a social worker to work with the family and support worker to identify accommodation which will offer the best standard of care and opportunity for independence for Mr Margetts."

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Unfair: Jayne Margetts, who is fighting hard for the future of her son Sam, right. Photo ref: TR130109JAYN-4
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