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(UK) Boy with ASD out of school for months; Kingston Council fined $3,743

Mar 1, 2021, Surrey Comet: Kingston Council found at fault over boy left without school

Near London Kingston Council has been found at fault for leaving a child without any education for months on end. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman ruled that the council had failed to make alternative educational arrangements for a boy with autism after he had a breakdown in February 2019 and refused to go back to school. He also criticised the council for losing sight of the child’s educational needs and said it “failed to consider there was evidence to support that J was unable to attend school”…. The Ombudsman has asked the council to review its commissioning arrangements for alternative provision, as well as to apologise to the boy’s parents and pay them £2,700 [$3,743 U.S.] in compensation to acknowledge the impact of the loss of six months education and the distress caused….


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