Children and Families Bill

Memorandum submitted by Rutland Parent Carer Voice (CF 125)

Rutland Parent Carer Voice is the official voice of Rutland parents and carers of children and young people from birth to the age of 25 with special and additional needs and we are recognised as the strategic partners working alongside the local authority to represent parents and carers.

We strongly support the request for easily available Tribunal Statistics by Local Authority and by outcome. At present parents are suffering undue stress and cost whilst the Local Authority’s case is extremely weak. The Tribunal Judges have expressly commented upon these themselves in a couple of recent cases.

Once these figures are openly and readily available the Local Authority themselves will realise that a lot of these cases are the same and therefore not worth taking to tribunal therefore not putting parents and carers under unnecessary stress as well as it will give the parents strength to fight for the best for their children and young people.

April 2013

Prepared 26th April 2013