Case Reports

 

Problems with residential and hospital schools

Today the decision of  Re: D (A Child ; deprivation of liberty)  has been published.  This case is relevant for all children under 16 in residential school placements. Background f The child (D) in this case has complex  special...

Local offers, Ofsted and accountability

The most recent big development in special educational needs is  R (L & P) v Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board . This was a Judicial Review of, among other things, the Local Offer prepared by Warwickshire. ...

Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal explains "Disability"

The Upper Tribunal has issued a judgement explaining the definition of “Disability”. It particularly focuses on cases where a person reacts in a violent manner as a direct result of an underlying condition (such as Autism or ADHD). The case...

EU rules obesity could be a disability

Today there is significant press interest in the ruling of the European Court which was asked to make a decision about whether obesity was a disability. The case revolved around a 25 stone Danish child minder who was sacked because he was too large to be...

Compensation ruled out for 'wrong school' claims

On 29 October 2014 the Court of Appeal gave a decision in what started life as a Judicial Review application. The case is R(ER) v Local Government Ombudsman and Hillingdon LB. The very clearly written judgement can be found  here . Who is this...

When should a Local Authority issue a Statement of SEN?

This case  concerned the Local Authority’s appeal against the  First Tier Tribunal’s  decision to allow the parents’ appeal against the Local Authority’s refusal to issue a statement of SEN. A, was a seven year old...

East Lancashire autistic boy's plight raised in Parliament

The case  concerns a nine year old boy who was asked to leave  a mainstream voluntary aided primary school because staff ‘could not cope’ with his disabilities. His parents have appealed the outcome of the decision of the ...
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