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Leeds City Council (18 001 675)

Category : Children's care services > Other

Decision : Closed after initial enquiries

Decision date : 02 May 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 will be used in court proceedings and it reasonable to expect Miss X to raise her concerns at court.

The complaint

  1. The complainant, who I shall refer to as Miss X, says social workers lied in a report. She says the Council has admitted the report is ‘unbalanced’ in relation to the care Miss X provides to her children.

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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.

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What I found

  1. Miss X is complaining about a report that will be relied on in court proceedings. She says the next Court hearing is due on 16 May 2018.
  2. As outlined in paragraph two the Ombudsman cannot investigate any aspect of this complaint as it concerns matters that will be determined in Court. It is reasonable to expect Miss X to raise her concerns at Court.

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Final decision

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

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Investigator's decision on behalf of the Ombudsman

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