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Special educational needs


Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Derbyshire County Council (21 003 755)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 05-Apr-2022

    Summary: Mr X complained about the actions of the Council's Children's Services regarding his son's Education, Health and Care plan. Mr X says the Council's actions have caused him financial hardship and caused avoidable distress to himself and his son. We have discontinued our investigation of some of Mr X's complaints as they are out of jurisdiction and have found fault by the Council in some of Mr X's remaining complaints. The Council has agreed a remedy to address the injustice identified.

  • Reading Borough Council (21 006 432)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 05-Apr-2022

    Summary: Ms X complained about delays in naming a suitable school for her grandson, F, when the Council accepted a transfer of his Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan from a different council. The Council failed to name an appropriate placement for F between February and April 2021 after it accepted the transfer of his EHC Plan. This meant F was without any education for five weeks. The Council agreed to pay Ms X a total of £600 to recognise F's lost education during that period and the distress and uncertainty caused.

  • Essex County Council (21 004 607)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 04-Apr-2022

    Summary: Mr and Mrs F complain the Council has failed to provide suitable alternative education to their son (Child X) who could not attend his primary school due to his special educational needs. Further, they say the Council has not reviewed Child X's Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) so that he could effectively transition to secondary school. We found the Council failed to provide alternative education for Child X while he was unable to attend primary school. The Council also failed to amend Child X's EHCP in good time so that he could attend secondary school. The Council's proposed transition arrangements for Child X were not appropriate for him and it has not provided suitable alternative education to him for this period also. These failings have caused Child X and both Mr and Mrs F serious loss, harm and distress. The Council has agreed to my recommendations to remedy this.

  • Suffolk County Council (21 011 109)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 04-Apr-2022

    Summary: it has taken the Council 13 months to arrange the occupational therapy in B's Education, Health and Care Plan. This delay is fault. I have recommended a remedy to address the injustice caused.

  • Suffolk County Council (21 011 107)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 04-Apr-2022

    Summary: the Council has been unable to find an Occupational Therapist to deliver provision in C's Education, Health and Care Plan. This is fault since the Council has an absolute and non-delegable duty to arrange the provision. While the Council's search continues, I have made recommendations to address the injustice this causes.

  • Isle of Wight Council (21 008 227)

    Statement Not upheld Special educational needs 03-Apr-2022

    Summary: Ms X complains the Council was at fault in the way it dealt with her son's special educational needs, an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and progressed a SEND tribunal decision. We found no evidence of fault in the way the Council progressed the Tribunal decision. Ms X has appealed to the SEND Tribunal again and so the law prevents us from considering Ms X's concerns about the EHCP. So, we have completed our investigation.

  • Devon County Council (21 005 587)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 03-Apr-2022

    Summary: The Council is at fault for delaying consideration of this complaint under the children's statutory complaints procedure. The Council has agreed to issue its stage two response and make a payment to the complainant for the time and trouble its delay has caused.

  • East Sussex County Council (21 012 872)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 31-Mar-2022

    Summary: Mrs B complains the Council have not made education and special educational needs provision for her son. The Council is at fault because there were delays to C's educational provision in his EHCP being made. The Council has agreed to apologise to Mrs B and pay Mrs B £900.

  • West Northamptonshire Council (20 009 340)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 30-Mar-2022

    Summary: There was fault in the way the Council drafted an EHC plan and a four-month delay in naming a school for secondary transfer and in providing a right of appeal. This was fault, delayed a right of appeal and caused unnecessary uncertainty and distress. Recommendations for an apology, financial payment and service improvements are made.

  • Hampshire County Council (21 006 256)

    Statement Upheld Special educational needs 30-Mar-2022

    Summary: The complainants alleged that the Council delayed in completing annual reviews of their daughter's Education, Health and Care Plan, and failed to deal properly with their request for a reassessment. We find fault by the Council. The Council has agreed the recommended ways to remedy the resulting injustice. We have therefore completed our investigation and are closing the complaint.