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The participation of children and young people in special educational needs mediation

How do children and young people participate in mediation to resolve disputes about their special educational needs provision? Ben Walsh reports on his recent study (featured in UKAJI’s Current Research Register profiles, May 2016 update) and forthcoming article and identifies the need for further research on the views of children and young people. By Ben Walsh … Continue reading

An initial commentary on the draft public services ombuds bill

On 5 December 2016, the Cabinet Office published the draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill, setting out its proposals for bringing together the responsibilities of the current Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman to create a new organisation with strengthened governance and accountability for complaints about public services in England. The Bill has had a long gestation, … Continue reading

Tough Luck or Rough Justice? Report on new research

Why don’t more motorists who are unsuccessful in challenging council-imposed Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) take their cases further to independent adjudication at the Traffic Penalty Tribunal? By John Raine Probably most readers of the paragraphs below will, at some time or other, have had the misfortune to incur a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for a … Continue reading

Tribunals: Report on the Recommendations Pilot in SEN appeals

By Douglas Silas Background The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans in England, to replace what had been known as statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN). Parents and young people continue to have a right of appeal to tribunal on specific issues related to education, but not on issues … Continue reading

Homelessness internal reviews – The long view

By David Cowan, University of Bristol Law School*, and Caroline Hunter and Simon Halliday, University of York Law School This piece was originally published on the University of Bristol Law School Blog on 13 April 2016 and is re-posted here with permission of the authors. Applicants for homelessness assistance who are aggrieved by a local authority’s … Continue reading