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Children may suffer a Psychiatric Injury as a result of Educational Negligence.


What is Educational Negligence?

A Psychiatric Injury isn’t always a diagnosis of a recognised injury such as depression or anxiety. It has been suggested that Children can express a psychological injury in different, less obvious ways such as; a change in their sleeping pattern, withdrawal or increased levels of aggression.


Educational Negligence may occur in a number of different instances, such as:

  • Failure to reasonably deal with, and / or resolve an issue with bullying;
  • Failure to reasonably deal with, and/ or resolve an issue with harassment;
  • Failure to refer a child who has additional needs to an outside body such as educational psychologists, learning support or the local authority, etc. both in a timely manner and in accordance to their need(s);
  • Failure to implement reasonable adjustments for a child with or without additional needs appropriately, at all or within a reasonable time frame.


Educational Negligence



In instances where:

  • There have been two or more (or prolonged) occurrences of bullying;
  • The School had been made aware of each occasion your Child has been bullied, inclusive of the impact the bullying had on your child;
  • You feel as though the matter has not been resolved in a reasonable manner after approaching the school and following their grievance procedure, to the extent that no other teaching professional would have reached the same conclusion;
  • Your child sustained a psychiatric injury as a direct result of the lack of, or inappropriate resolution proposed by the school.

If your child has experienced any of the above, we may be able to assist you in bringing a claim against your school.

It should be noted that we encourage all resolutions with the school to be dealt with in house in the first instance, with either the School or the Local Authority, in accordance with their applicable policies.





Contact our Educational Negligence team today for a free initial consultation, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.

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