A council has been told to pay £5,000 compensation to a disabled teen it failed to fully support.
Calderdale Council failed to produce a care plan for a girl with severe disabilities – potentially leaving her family without adequate support, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has found. The ruling follows a complaint in September 2012 to the LGO. The family sought an increase in their direct payments to fund additional hours of care for the 14-year-old.
But it was turned down because the council failed to complete a core assessment and so could not produce a care plan identifying the girl’s needs on which to base a sound decision.
The council has now appointed an independent social worker to support the family.
It has also agreed to review its decision not to pay the child’s father and a care plan will be created. The council has also agreed to review its practices.