I think the my LA is gatekeeping and rationing resources it should be provided to a child with life threatening medical issues who had been assaulted by fellow pupils. The school have refused any responsibility as it took place outside the school gate. The police have decided they have no role as although the result was “criminal”? assault the child may have also done something, not clear what to the other child, my understanding is that the other child was unhurt.
So I think the story is: child out of school, traumatised, unwilling leave the house for some time. Some help is being offered for problems but I suspect it is inappropriate to the point of making matters worse due to a poor grasp of the cause of the problem. I am telling you this just having other agencies involved might be significant.
To my limited understanding the parent is actually carrying out their section 7 duty when they refuse to send their child to a school they feel is too far away given their child's medical issues. I also think that the child's mental state may make attending any school difficult for a while.
The parent is being told by an Education Welfare Officer that as they are refusing this school there is nothing more the local authority can do and their only option is home education!
This seems an example of off rolling but am I right that it is entirely due to the LA being negligent of its duty of care to this family?
This is my suspicion and what I have been trying to find out by searching for Leicestershire’s policy document on children to ill to attend school is whether that is right.
I have ascertained that the parent does not really want ot home educate and my understanding is that the Local Authority still has a duty in this case.
My best guess is that the most appropriate way of meeting its obligations would be to provide the child with at home tuition.
My sister’s child has had this for three years due to ME but she had to fight to get it I think, although she has had to fight for so many vital services and modifications that I am not sure if I am right.
This parent, whom I have only spoken to over the phone and via email, is unlikely to have my sister’s experience, education or resources, and may very well be in a vulnerable position.
I have offered to support her in my very new role as home education contact for my area. I am aware of the irony of my first case being supporting someone who needs to not be coerced into home education!