"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 the determination of a police enquiry for months.
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.
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 try 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 at all concerned about the way your child is being treated, contact Monan Gozzett.
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