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Instructing a solicitor for issues with school

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MrsjREwing Tue 23-Oct-12 11:35:26

I have asked for information school has and I have been ignored. I asked again under freedom of information and given school ten days to send me info.

I and my dc have a medical condition.

I want to get to the bottom of why instead of asking me for medical information the school rang ss querying the medical condition and my mh. I was not asked for medical information first.

I left a dx on file in juniour school, the secondary school claim thry don't have.

There was no issue with school outungs and me disclosing the cindition, the school attacked me when I asked for the dc to be statemented. It has been suggested to me the school as an acadamy did this to intimidate me to stop them loosing money due to a statement.

I will report them and told them so if they din't comply with freedom of information.

What will a solicitor achieve?

I have been having panic attacks, pains in my arm, crying, depressed due to this, as a lot if people with our cibdition have had false FII allegations, and I fear this will escallate. Ehlers Danlos Support UK are aware of the witch hunt on EDS parents and it was mentioned in a recent conference.

My dc are being forced to do pe against mine and medical advice

olgaga Tue 23-Oct-12 12:42:25

Can the local contact at EDS UK help you? I would go there first. Failing that I would advise you to contact a specialist lawyer, not just one on your high street.

These look good - and they will also advise you on Legal Aid. There is a telephone helpline and you can get a free initial phone consultation:

maxwellgillott-px.rtrk.co.uk/index.htm

prh47bridge Tue 23-Oct-12 21:10:45

The academy would not lose money due to a statement. Some schools are not keen on having SEN children due to the effect on exam results but, if they have a child with SEN, it is in the school's interests to get a statement if appropriate.

If the school fails to give you the information you have requested you should refer the matter to the Information Commissioner.

MainlyMaynie Tue 23-Oct-12 21:32:18

The school will not give you the information under FOI, as it is personal information. You need to make a data protection request for all information referring to your DC and probably pay £10. They will have 40 days to respond. The ICO will not be interested if you complain before the 40 days is up.

MrsjREwing Tue 23-Oct-12 22:52:06

Thanks I will give them 40 days then, and ask timorrow.

EDS support sympathised, that was all, they have a lot on, they would not be able to.help everyone as too many.

goldenslumber Wed 24-Oct-12 08:39:28

I think you sound hurt, and maybe with good reason. Stepping back from that, the questions in my mind are:

1. What specifically will be achieved, for your child, by escalating this?

2. Is there a less expensive way of achieving it?

It sounds tough to deal with, and it must be challenging for the school too. Their responsibility is to the child - how do they handle concerns which are likely to put them on a collision course with the parent? Not sure there can be a painless way for parents or teachers, although having the child's interests at heart is presumably the common ground.

Good luck, hope things improve

MrsjREwing Wed 24-Oct-12 08:57:39

I have zero empathy for those bastards, they should have asked me to supply medical evidence before going to social services, YOU obviously have never had a serious allegation like this about you. You compounding this by taking their side, please do go away and teacher love elsewhere.

RedHelenB Wed 24-Oct-12 11:45:02

I think you've been a bit rude to slumber, she was sympathetic & offering some good advice. Schools HAVE to contact SS if there are any concerns , it is not discretionary. What have SS done about it? What do you actually want to happen because I would think a solicitor would be very much a last resort and very expensive!!

olgaga Wed 24-Oct-12 12:20:44

OP if you are going into the school with that kind of "guns blazing" tone you aren't going to get anywhere. It'll do you and your DC no favours at all.

No-one is taking sides here, no-one knows enough about your situation to do that.

Can you explain how it was you came to know about the SS referral and what has been said? It may simply be, as RedHelen explained, a procedural matter.

goldenslumber Wed 24-Oct-12 21:07:32

Ok then. Sorry that you are so upset & hope things improve for you.

mumblechum1 Wed 24-Oct-12 23:54:22

That's very gracious of you Goldenslumber smile

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