The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has recently published a case where Norfolk Council must reimburse £1,500 the family spent obtaining professional reports and pay the parents £5000 for their child’s lost opportunities for education and support, plus £500 for their avoidable distress caused by the Council’s faults.
My survey on home education and special needs closes midnight October 31st 2015. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SENandhomeed2015
There have been 162 responses so far. Over two thirds of parents cite the child’s unhappiness at school as a reason for home education, half say that anxiety prevented the child from attending school, and over a third said their child was not making progress at school or was being bullied.
I have been asking local authorities for the paperwork they send to parents when a child or young person is due to transfer from a statement to an Education Health and Care Plan. My request was specifically about home educated children but many councils have just provided their standard letters and forms which apply to ALL children and young people.
A very common scenario emerging from my ongoing survey of home education and special needs is where a home educated child has special needs but no statement or Education, Health and Care Plan [EHCP].