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London Borough of Sutton (17 017 242)

Category : Children's care services > Other

Decision : Closed after initial enquiries

Decision date : 20 Feb 2018

The Ombudsman's final decision:

Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate this complaint alleging a social worker lied in a court report. This is because it has been used in court proceedings.

The complaint

  1. The complainant, who I shall refer to as Miss X, says social workers lied in a report and told lies in court.

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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 have considered the complaint information provided by Miss X. I shared my draft view with her.

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What I found

  1. Miss X is complaining about a report that was relied on in court proceedings. She says her child can only now see her in a contact centre.
  2. As outlined in paragraph two the Ombudsman cannot investigate any aspect of this complaint as it concerns matters determined in Court.

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Final decision

  1. The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint as it concerns matters that have already been decided at court.

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Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman

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