Reducing stigma and discrimination
Illegal exclusions are unlawful - even with parents' consent. A child can only be legally excluded from school for disciplinary reasons. A headteachers must formally tell a parents that their child will be excluded by giving them details in writing.
Based on our experience of working alongside families with disabled children, Contact a Family knows that illegal exclusions are common. We wanted to find out more - how often do illegal exclusions happen and what's the impact of family life? This report provides a summary of survey findings based on the experiences of 404 parent carers.
In our survey of over 1,100 families with disabled children, we found out about the levels of isolation families with disabled children experience and how this impacts on their family life.
The impact of isolation on families with disabled children in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
This paper is part of a suite of briefings for school leaders, teachers and policy makers emerging from the current work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance in conjunction with Contact a Family's research.