A parish council which barred a mother from accompanying her diabetic daughter to a Christmas party is reviewing its policy following the ban.

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Sam Dade, 40, was told by Hellesdon Parish Council she could not stay with her five-year-old daughter during the council’s Christmas party on Saturday because she was not CRB checked by them.

The professional child minder is CRB checked, but by Norfolk County Council rather than Hellesdon.

Last night the council discussed its disability policy, but took the unusual step of barring the Norwich Evening News from the meeting – despite the fact that this newspaper reported on the case on Monday.

With the press and public banned, there was no word last night over whether the council had reversed its decision.

But it is understood councillors reached an agreement on a decision over whether Mrs Dade could accompany daughter Tilly-Rose.

Mrs Dade said: “They have not got an inclusive policy.

“They are excluding a child who needs a carer. It is not about Tilly anymore.

“They are discriminating against a disabled child from attending a party.

“It should not have come to this.”

Tilly-Rose will now go to a Christmas party held by the Norwich and District Diabetes Youth Group on Saturday at the Gas Social Club on Roundtree Way.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, who spoke to the council about the complaint, said: “This whole issue has become bonkers.

“What is clearly most important is to resolve this without any more distress to the family.”

Despite opposition from some Conservative councillors, the Liberal Democrat group, led by council chairman Karen Petch, voted to hold the meeting behind closed doors.

When challenged by the Evening News on its decision, Mrs Petch said she was barring the press and public because the discussion was about “a very young child and about our policies and procedures”.

She was then told that the story was already in the public domain.

The Evening News also made the point that it would be very unusual to discuss council policy during a parish meeting behind closed doors.

The ban meant that Tilly-Rose’s own mother, Sam, would have been barred from the meeting regarding her daughter.

Last night she supported the Evening News in its challenge: “I have annulled her (Tilly-Rose’s) anonymity by approaching the press, so the press and public should have been allowed to stay,” she said.

“It is a parish council – it should be there for the parish.”

Since appearing in the Evening News, Tilly-Rose has had invites to three other Christmas parties.

11 comments

  • I hope any Parish Councillors who attend have also been CRB checked, not just for this event but all events in the future where children and vulnerable adults will be present.

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Sam & Tilly 1 - HPC 0

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    melalmighty

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • I agree with acenditcandu, parish meetings are open to the public unless the matter discussed is of a highly personalstaffing matter.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • As an aside,since when has politics crept into parish councils.I have been a parish councillor for many years and have never come across any party policies being brought up.This sort of loony idea brings all parish councillors into disrepute and losing credibility.

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    Cynical Bob

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • .....There is always phone hacking if one is left in the cold, its been carried out on an industrial scale, but Levenson kissed it all better, nothing to do with our honest local press or proprietors owning too much of of our British press, no its all about? what is it about? 5.6 million wasted on what? red haired Lol's and horses? snooping reporters and not a single dishonest cop anywhere.....So 44 year old, Red Haired, Horse Riding, Rebekah Brooks of Cheshire, used police files to hack the phone of the mother of a diabetic child who was refused admission to a Parish Council Party, which cost £5.6 million to put on, and subsequently 'flame haired' Rebekah Brook's £500 iphone was hacked by journalists working for the EDP.....Have I got it right ingo?

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    Rhombus

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Since when did a Parish Council have the right to exclude the public from a regular meeting for an item of this nature. The conduct of this council is very questionable. Parish council meetings must be open to the public and press. However, they may be excluded for part of the meeting if the council resolves that publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest, or for other special reasons stated in the resolution. It is the actions of the council that are prejudicial to the public interest.

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    Norfolk Lad

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • The parish council really haven't done themselves any favours again have they? At least the right outcome came through in the end although I do wonder if they actual saw the error of their ways or whether they felt press-ganged into the decision. I fear that it may be the latter.

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    AE

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Sam and Tilly-Rose you are above this, you have other invitations where you are wanted, would it not be good to tell this lot of Jobsworths to stick this party where the sun don't shine! Stupid and petty to put it mildly.

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • To be fair, there are a lot of groups that won't accept a CRB that is not issued to them. This is because, like a car MOT, it's only true of the time that the CRB is issued. Someone could be issued a CRB and then, then next week, be convicted of a crime that negates the CRB.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • There is always phone hacking if one is left in the cold, its been carried out on an industrial scale, but Levenson kissed it all better, nothing to do with our honest local press or proprietors owning too much of of our British press, no its all about? what is it about? 5.6 million wasted on what? red haired Lol's and horses? snooping reporters and not a single dishonest cop anywhere.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • The truth hurts, doesn't it EDP from my last unpublished post. Now do the right thing and name all these so called councillors !.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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