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High Court challenge against DfE prepared after pupil attempts suicide in an isolation booth

Related Member(s):
Sarah Hannett, Mark Greaves
Related Practice Area(s):
Education Law, Prison Law

Sarah Hannett and Mark Greaves, instructed by Dan Rosenberg at Simpson Millar, are acting on behalf of a boy and a girl who are preparing to bring a Judicial Review challenge against the Department for Education for failing to review its guidance on the use of isolation by schools to discipline pupils.

The girl, a child with autistic spectrum disorder and mental health problems, spent the majority of her time at school in isolation which led her to attempt suicide by taking an overdose whilst in the isolation room itself.

A pre-action protocol letter has been sent to the DfE requesting it to review its guidance on the use of isolation and to undertake a full equality analysis when doing this. Judicial review proceedings will be issued in the High Court if a satisfactory response is not received.

For press coverage, please see The Guardian.