Normal Like Me was founded on the words from Janet's son: “I just want people to see me as a normal mommy because I am normal like me and everybody is normal like themselves, why can’t some people understand this. All children just want to be happy, like me”. BJA Willicott (2016)
Janet, the founder of Normal Like Me, holds a wealth of expertise in all matters SEND, Combined Public Health Campaigns, Rare Disease Strategies, Scientific Research, Legal Representation, Advice & Support.
Janet has set several UK Precedents, one in the High Court in the Upper Tier Tribunal (SENDist) on the grounds of Voice of the Child, Feelings and Emotional Perception based on her ECHR Report)(2028). Furthermore, Janet secured an Immediate FTT SENDist Decision on Safeguarding a non-verbal child within a school setting (2020).Moreover Janet submitted a SEND Case to Strasbourg, upon which the case was heard by the ECHR First Tier Single Sitting Judge, delivering a tough recommendation using ECrtHR, ECJ and UN [UNCRC], [UDHR] [CRPD] (2015 and 2016).
More recently Janet has commenced the United Kingdom's first SEND Damages legal case using specific law under the negligence umbrella. [Tort Law] which incorporates, Misfeasance, Malicious Maladministration, Malicious Prosecution and Personal Injury, against one of London's Largest Local Government's and their Individual Named Officers, where, the Respondents are litigating using Insurance Litigation - Civil Law (2020).
Janet, has started implementing Environmental Psychology into a UTT High Court Direct Appeal Case for a child with Autism, as currently Educational Law within the UK, does not include 'Suitable Environment' for learning within a school setting. A suitable or oppugning environment , is directly correlated and or impacts a Child's and or Young Person's Mental and Emotional Wellbeing, which therefor goes on to affect and effect their educational outcomes.
"How an Oppugning Schooling Placement and Environment can Adversely Affect a Child’s Mental Health & Emotional Development across the SEND Spectrum."
Lastly, Janet was instructed to assist in a healthcare case against the NHS and it's Local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) where a family faced legal deadlock for one of the members who needed Continuing Health Care. The legal deadlock was down to the COVID-19 Framework and the newly thrashed out Coronavirus Act 2020, which in effect stripped The Care Act 2014 of its validity and power to enforce the government to act.
Janet challenged the CCG, NHS and Local Authority by using and applying Human Rights, [UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) - Article 19] 'Living independently and being included in the community.'
The case was instrumental in highlighting how effective governmental departments can work together, most notably under very difficult and challenging circumstances. Despite COVID-19 and the limited resources, all departments took on board these specific human rights, which ultimately supersede The Coronavirus Act 2020, and ensured that their duty was delivered wisely to provide for what their resident needed within their community and as such was treated with dignity, (2020).
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Governments have a responsibility for the health of their peoples which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures." ~ WHO (1946)
"We only need to be reminded that the Government’s first duty is to ensure all of its citizens are safe from harm, 'Primum non nocere'. ~ J Willicott (2016)
"My Government is here to protect me; it's not about me having to protect myself from my government." ~ J Willicott (2018)
"All 9 Health Principles were ratified by the United Kingdom in 1946. Accepting these 9 Principles, and for the purpose of co-operation among themselves and with others to promote and protect the health of all peoples, the Contracting Parties agree to the present Constitution and hereby establish the World Health Organisation as a specialised agency within the terms of Article 57 of the Charter of the United Nations.
The Constitution was adopted by the International Health Conference held in New York from 19 June to 22 July 1946, signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Off. Rec. Wld Hlth Org., 2, 100), and entered into force on 7 April 1948."
World Health Organisation as a specialised agency within the terms of Article 57 of the Charter of the United Nations.
“Student Voice is a very important part of school life because it provides opportunities for all Children and Young People to take on roles of responsibilities and to get involved in real decision making. Student voice also provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, becoming more confident participants in the wider world (social and wider determinants).
It is also about staff and pupils working together (effective collaboration), developing positive working relationships to improve the educational institution as a learning community. ~ Michaela Boller (2018)
The Student Action Teams train future school leaders in the art of leadership and advocacy, which highlights why Children and Young People need and must always be included, in holistic collaboration.
Normal Like Me: NLM was born from the roots of defiance and disquiet, in not just accepting the educational and schooling norm. The Mission of NLM is to represent clients, authorities, and members of society with equal dignity and respect.
NLM will continue to be synonymous with justice, equality, using both the Rule of Law and Health Principles, laying early intervention strategies whilst ensuring that both Cost Benefit and Cost Effective Analysis Models are implemented for every Child, Young Person and Adult, who must be afford their Human Rights together with the Right to Education which is suited to their unique individual needs and differing abilities.
The Courts always favour joint collaboration, in a timely and effective manner, mediation is our strength.
“Everything seems Impossible, until it is done.” ~ Mandela
Our organisation was founded on the belief that ALL Children and Young People are entitled to have their voices heard, their feelings and emotions including perceptions to be taken seriously, by the very authorities who should and must be protecting them under our laws.
Our vision is to complete The UK Accountability Act, so that when the law is not adhered, those very authorities are held to account.
“In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” ~ [United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989 (Article 3)]
“The child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society and brought up in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.” ~ [Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989]
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
It's more prudent to head off a disaster beforehand than to deal with it after it occurs.”
– 'De Legibus' (c. 1240)
"Meet the malady on its way." ~ Persius (A.D.c 58) send special education
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