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Disability Discrimination Claims

Disability Discrimination Claims

Parents of disabled children and disabled young people in school can make disability discrimination claims to the Tribunal if they believe that they have been discriminated against by schools or local authorities where they are the responsible body for a school.

The claim must be made within 6 months of the alleged discrimination taking place.

The claim can be made against:

  • any school about alleged discrimination in:
    • Exclusions
    • The provision of education and associated services and the making of reasonable adjustments, including the provision of auxiliary aids and services.
    • Independent and non-maintained special schools about admissions (Claims about admissions to state-funded schools are made to local admissions panels)

Disability discrimination claims by:

  • young people against post-16 institutions
  • parents about early years provision
  • parents about their treatment as a parent in being provided with an education service for their child
  • parents or young people against local authorities about the policies the authorities have adopted

should all be made to the county courts.

Further Information

For further information on appealing about disability discrimination please contact the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership Service) on 0151 225 3535.

Further guidance on making a claim is also available on the Ministry of Justice website