“Gareth was let down by a system that failed to recognise his needs. This must not happen again and all agencies must do more to help young people with autism,” she said.
Gareth Oates was hit by a train near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, just one month after his 18th birthday on 2 March 2010.
In a three-day inquest, coroner Paul Marks heard how Gareth endured routine bullying at school and was known by some students as ‘suicide boy’ after a previous attempt to kill himself.
Gareth was denied access to specialist treatment services, despite desperate pleas from his mother Glenys Oats for appropriate medical intervention.
The National Autistic Society has said Gareth’s tragic death should be a wake-up call for agencies to do more to help young people with autism, especially during the difficult adolescent years.
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