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Leicestershire County Council (21 018 067)

Category : Children's care services > Child protection

Decision : Closed after initial enquiries

Decision date : 10 Apr 2022

The Ombudsman's final decision:

Summary: We cannot investigate this complaint about the Council’s decision to remove Miss X’s grandchild from her daughter’s care. The matters complained of are not separable from the decision of a court.

The complaint

  1. Miss X said the Council didn’t provide reasons as to why certain issues were not looked into when it decided her grandchild should be removed from her daughter’s care.

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The Ombudsman’s role and powers

  1. We cannot investigate a complaint about the start of court action or what happened in court. (Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 5/5A, paragraph 1/3, as amended)

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How I considered this complaint

  1. I considered information provided by the complainant.
  2. I considered the Ombudsman’s Assessment Code.

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My assessment

  1. A court decided where Miss X’s grandchild should live.

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Final decision

  1. We cannot investigate Miss X’s complaint because the matters complained of are not separable from those that were or should have been before a court.

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Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman

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