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Freedom of Information - 2 LEA's - Who to ask?

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sweetteamum Mon 29-Oct-12 09:37:54

I'm currently going to ask our LEA, for ALL details they hold on DD. However, I've just realised that she goes to an out of LEA school. So, do I write to both LEA's or do I just write to our LEA?

It's probably an obvious question and staring me in the face but my mind has gone blank confused

claw4 Mon 29-Oct-12 09:50:07

I think it should be the LEA were you live, however send 2 to be on the safe side.

claw4 Mon 29-Oct-12 09:55:41

From what i remember of living in one LA and ds going to a school in another LA, sometimes the LA where you live provide funds to the LA where my ds was in school to provide services. So both could have info.

willowthecat Mon 29-Oct-12 09:57:18

Remember is Data Protection Act request for personal data - and I would ask both

sweetteamum Mon 29-Oct-12 10:02:08

That's just the type of info they'll probably have on her. They most definitely should have SEN details, which is the stuff i'm really interested in seeing grin

Thank you claw

sweetteamum Mon 29-Oct-12 10:03:31

Thanks willow

I'll make sure I ''Google'' the right template letter smile

sweetteamum Mon 29-Oct-12 10:14:06

Ooops, forgot to ask.

Do I just say that I want to see ALL information they hold, or is there a better way to work it, to make sure nothing gets kept out (apart from what they are allowed to keep)

inappropriatelyemployed Mon 29-Oct-12 10:25:23

This would be a Data Protection Act request not an FOI Act.

It depends what you want to obtain: you would be safer asking for information from both LAs.

willowthecat Mon 29-Oct-12 10:28:16

Ask for ALL - you may find they with hold data unlawfully regardless but that's another story . Also LEAs often avoid putting anything 'controversial' in a form that is covered by DPA

inappropriatelyemployed Mon 29-Oct-12 10:30:46

You can ask for a copy of the file and include examples of the things you want e.g. letters, emails, reports, records of meetings, telephone attendance notes, internal and external communications etc

sweetteamum Mon 29-Oct-12 11:02:42

Thank you both.

I'll ask both LEA'S. It's the Data Protection Act and i'm better off saying i'd like ALL the information. I will then give details on the info required.

How on earth do you even findout if they keep anything from you - I should imagine my file is already got lots of little horrible, nasty and who knows what else, that they'd hide from me wink

willowthecat Mon 29-Oct-12 11:13:06

I think it's easier just to say ALL as the danger with specifying items is that it gives more scope for avoidance - 'oh but it wasn't actually record, it was just a 'whatever you did not ask for' type of document. It would be only be if you know or suspect that certain data does exist and then when it does not appear , you suspect witholding - you can appeal to the Data Protection Commissioner to investigate

sweetteamum Mon 29-Oct-12 11:30:37

Ahhhh I see. Absolutely understand you reasoning. Sorry, I have been up way too long already!!

I will get those printed off and dropped off or sent by recorded delivery today smile

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