"My son or daughter has been suspended, excluded or simply been asked “not to return” to school or college following an allegation that is still under investigation.

"Can anything be done?"

Sadly, families can be left waiting for months for the determination of a police enquiry.

This is often very stressful, but inevitably, the situation becomes more difficult to cope with if a school or college feel that a suspension or exclusion is warranted simply because the young person is “suspected” of committing an offence but has not been charged with any allegation.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Your child may vehemently deny the allegations, but you will find that the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” does not feature at all when initial safeguarding decisions are being made.

Schools and colleges face particularly difficult decisions where the complainant and the alleged perpetrator of an offence attend the same establishment, needing to balance both the duty to safeguard and the right to educate.

Families can easily feel overwhelmed when faced with having to wade through policy documents, guidance documents, and risk assessments to ensure their voice is heard.

We can help you ensure that your child’s rights are not simply brushed aside.

If you are concerned about how your child is being treated, contact Monan Gozzett.

Our Education Law team will be happy to help.

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