Ironically this occured on the eve of his 17th birthday so he will not be 18 until next September. However he is in his first year of a good sixth form and we were hoping that this would motivate him to focus on his education and remain in the home environment.
As a mother I would love him to come into the family home again, but not with his aggression and behaviour / defiance.
However I am also mindful that the escalation in his aggression towards me / my husband may reoccur without some form of intervention / assessment/ counselling/ meds (if necessary). But much of this would have to be with his consent so can not be guaranteed.
Also although on this occasion he said he wanted to end it all, his attempt at suicide was not seen as credible by the police and as such he was not assessed at the police station and he was not seen as "at risk" when referred to YOT and Social Services.
Speaking to Social Services today they suggested independent living however said it would be more persuasive to a Council Homeless centre by evidence of his attending at a GP for assessment and / or having counselling sessions.
In any respect as this would all take time and as there does not appear to be any opportunity for him to be placed in any sort of fostering arrangement, I feel that he will end up returning to the family home.
Yes but as a mother I have to accept responsibility for where he might end up and what dark alleys that may take him down as a consequence.
He binge drinks and dabbles with cannabis so given a long leash I don't dare to think.
At present he is staying at a friend's and this is only likely to last until Friday.
Social Ser vices have not offered anything else