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‘Cruel and discriminatory’: new research on prosecuting parents for school absence

By Margaret Doyle   Recent research on the prosecution of parents for not ensuring their child’s regular attendance at school has highlighted the anxiety caused by threats of legal action and the disproportionate impact on women. Many, if not most, of the pupils who are ‘school refusers’ have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This blog … Continue reading

Young people’s participation in SEND dispute resolution: A Place at the Table roundtable discussion

This blog post summarises a recent roundtable discussion that sheds light on an aspect of administrative justice in action in everyday life: the participation of young people in resolving disputes with local authorities about their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) support needs. The full report of the roundtable discussion is available to download here and for viewing … Continue reading

Universal Credit – When evidence becomes politicised

In our Research Roadmap published in February of this year, UKAJI cited the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) as an example of the extraordinary impact of administrative justice on the day-to-day lives of people. In this blog post, we consider the recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on its independent review of UC, … Continue reading

Courts challenge ombud’s approach to determining service failure

UKAJI is publishing a series of blog posts about the Court of Appeal decision in Miller v Health Service Commissioner [2018] EWCA Civ 144 (February 2018), which identified a number of failures in the investigation by the Health Service Ombudsman for England. The first post, by Richard Kirkham, considered what the judgment tells us about judicial approaches to … Continue reading

New Tribunal powers for health and social care – key points from the guidance

Originally posted on rightsinreality:
So from April* the SEN and Disability Tribunal will have new powers to make ‘non binding recommendations’ on health and social care needs and provision in EHC Plans for disabled children and young people. There is an excellent overview of the Tribunal’s new powers on the Contact website. This is potentially…