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Young people’s voice and the ‘chicken soup’ effect

Young people’s voice and the ‘chicken soup’ effect   A new report explores the issue of young people’s participation in resolving disputes and complaints about their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The report is the result of A Place at the Table, a knowledge exchange project carried out between November 2017 and March 2019 … Continue reading

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Consumer Protection – Report from the Ombudsman Inquiry

APPG on Consumer Protection – Report from the Ombudsman Inquiry. By Gavin McBurnie   The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Consumer Protection (the Group) published the report of its inquiry into ombuds on Wednesday 30 January 2019. The inquiry was the result of ‘long-standing concerns about the wide variation in the standards of complaints handling and … Continue reading

Ombudsman Schemes in the Banking Sector and How They Can Enhance Access to Justice

By Kelly Shuttleworth This post is based on the Report ‘Ombudsman schemes and effective access to justice: A study of international practices and trends’  written for the IBA by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and a related seminar held at the Bingham Centre on 6th December 2018. For wider reading, please see … Continue reading

Book review: Ombudsmen and ADR: A Comparative Study of Informal Justice in Europe

By Nick O’Brien Nick O’Brien reviews a new book by Naomi Creutzfeldt on her study exploring national differences in complainants’ levels of trust in ombuds. In her timely new book, Ombudsmen and ADR: A Comparative Study of Informal Justice in Europe, Naomi Creutzfeldt (University of Westminster) shows that ‘the relationships people have with the informal … Continue reading

Revisiting the turn to ‘users’ in administrative justice

By Joe Tomlinson In this post, Joe Tomlinson explores critiques of the current focus on ‘users’ of administrative justice and suggests that grasping the multiple conflicting understandings of ‘user’ can help to clarify the underlying concerns about user-focused design. In UK administrative justice circles, it would be easy to get the impression that we are … Continue reading