Complaints, Comments and Suggestions Procedure
Falkirk Council Children’s Services would like you to be completely satisfied with your child's education. We encourage feedback on our services from parents, pupils and members of the public. We are interested in feedback of all kinds, whether it be compliments, enquiries or complaints. Sometimes, parents/carers may feel that the services provided are not what they wished for and they may wish to complain. If you have a complaint about the service provided by the school, please let us know.
How do I complain?
Complaints can be made to schools in writing, by email, on the telephone, in person or by using the Falkirk Council online complaints form on the website.
Who do I complain to?
Parents must first consult the school regarding their complaint.
What happens with my complaint?
All complaints will now be logged confidentially on our Customer First online complaints handling system. They will be monitored exclusively by each school and Children’s Services staff at Sealock House to ensure any response is within the timescales. This system will enable us to learn from complaints to prevent similar issues arising in future. We will deal with your complaint confidentially and as quickly as possible.
If we have made a mistake we will apologise and try to put things right.
How long will it take until I get a reply?
Our aim is to respond within 5 working days to front line complaints, (Stage 1) although issues can sometimes be complex and the school may need time to investigate them.
What happens next?
If your complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved by the school, it may be eligible for consideration at the second, investigation stage by Children’s Services headquarters at Sealock House. Complaints will not be considered by Children’s Services unless they have been first reported to the school – unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Our aim is to respond to second stage complaints within 20 working days.
Who else can help?
If you remain dissatisfied after the second, investigation stage, you can raise the matter with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman https://www.spso.org.uk/complain/form/start/
You should also be aware that you have the right to raise concerns with your local Councillor, MSP or MP.
What else do I need to know?
Please note that schools can only respond to complaints about a service that they or Falkirk Council provides or a service we have contracted from a third party.
The Council’s complaints handling procedure sets a time limit for making a complaint of six months from when the customer first knew of the problem
You can find out more about the Council’s Complaint Procedure from the Falkirk Council website - http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/contact-us/complaints/