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A local authority has agreed to review why previous calls to improve alternative education provision for children unable to attend mainstream school have not been implemented, following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO).

LGO Amerdeep Somal urged the council to launch the review after finding that “a recent complaint that should not have occurred, had the council’s previously agreed improvements worked”.

In the case examined by Somal, a young girl with significant educational needs was not provided with appropriate alternative education for some months when she was unable to attend school for medical reasons.

Instead of the council taking the lead to provide support, “it passed the buck to the neighbouring council area where she attended school”, according to the LGO’s support.

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