Step-by-Step Guide: Speaking with the family

Step-by-Step Guide: Speaking with the family


This step-by-step guide covers the process of getting the information that you need from the young person, their family, parent, or guardian to support them in challenging the exclusion.

The steps in this guide

  1. Obtain the details of the exclusion
    The starting point in planning to challenge an exclusion is to speak to the family. 
  2. Ask the family to keep you up to date
    Asking the young person, their family, or professional to keep you updated with relevant information.
  3. Getting information from third parties
    Obtaining information and support from third parties can strengthen the challenge. 

When to use this guide

No matter what stage of the process you are at, it is always best to seek relevant information as early as possible. This will give you more time to get the right evidence, to act quickly in time for any hearing, or to find an alternative to the exclusion.

More Information

If you want more information on the theory and practice that inform the steps in this guide read the Quick Guide: students and information rights



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This information is correct at the time of writing, 5th September 2023. The law in this area is subject to change.

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