Probe call over Lakes stay for disabled girl

Amy Houlton
Amy Houlton

THE parents of a severely disabled Wigan girl are demanding an investigation into her standard of care during a council-organised break in the Lakes.

Landgate Special School pupil Amy Houlton returned home with “severe” soreness and discolouration to her thighs and crotch area.

The 12-year-old’s mother and father, Edward and Claire, from Lowton, believe that is because staff failed to observe the expected hygiene regime for the incontinent girl which is practised while she is at home and school.

The couple claim their daughter has suffered uric acid burns due to her skin’s prolongued contact with urine.

And that rather than getting the maximum benefit from the three-day residential break near Kendal, she must have suffered “pain and discomfort” for much of it.

Now Mr and Mrs Houlton want the council’s education department to launch a probe into why guidance over their daughter’s care wasn’t apparently carried through during the short stay.

They said that it was important that any breakdown in communication between the school and the centre is now identified so that it won’t be repeated.

Her dad Edward, a former Lowton councillor, said that Amy had been on at least four breaks to the centre and had always enjoyed her stays there previously.

He revealed that Amy would be changed at least 10 times per day at home and at least once per night.

And they would have expected for it to happen “at least three times a day” at the holiday centre.

Mr Houlton said: “Amy loved going there in the past but has now indicated that she doesn’t want to go back, which is very sad.

“She is now also indicating that she wants to leave Landgate school.”

The education department are looking into the complaint.