Family and Children
The Borough of Lambeth has been accused of failing to act as a ‘corporate parent’ to a 12 year old disabled girl by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO).
A tribunal had ruled that the girl’s special educational needs (SEN) entitled her to regular one to one hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. The Borough of Lambeth delayed the provision of this therapy until 5 months after the ruling. The child was then moved to voluntary foster care in Surrey. Her SEN was sent to the council and she was placed in an appropriate school but the therapy she needed was no longer one on one as required.
The LGO ruled that the girl had been further disadvantaged and recommended that the Borough of Lambeth pay £10,450 and Surrey County Council pay £900 to reflect that their actions had the potential of having prevented the child from being able to walk again on her own.