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Freedom of information request for SN child(4 Posts)
Anyone made a FOI request on behalf of their child - to their SEN office, SLT, OT etc.
I was wondering how you went about it and whether you found it useful
I'm unhappy with how my childs Annual Review has been managed - delays, 10, now 11 months out of time, reduction in support.
Not really sure what I am looking for - I just feel like things are being swept away.
Yes, but I think you mean a subject access request - where it's copies of all the data on your child? Data Protection law changes on May 25th, this week. You will be entitled to the info in a month, as opposed to 2 months previously. Also, they can no longer charge unless its voluminous correspondence. You can request personal data is changed, if you think it's wrong!
You would have to do two - say one to your local authority; and one to your local SLT service (there is probably a pro forma request form on their website). Trouble is the local authority can "weed" out any info they don't want you to see, like internal emails! However, it's worth a try!
I found the SLT service one was much more informative of the two!
Thanks Guilin - that's really interesting and helpful. Sounds like I should wait til Monday to apply!
I had no idea that they were entitled to weed information out - isn't that a bit contrary to the point of it all?!
Maybe I need to throw my net wider and apply to all the therapists treating my DD.
Never thought we'd end up here.
No, they are not allowed to weed stuff out, but I believe some do! If you suspect stuff has not been provided to you, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner!
GDPR is the name of the changes coming in this week. There are articles about it in the press and the Information Commissioner's website.