A local authority had a policy of providing school transport for children with special educational needs living more than 3 miles from their school. A young learning disabled girl lived 2.8 miles from the special school she attended. Despite being unable to travel independently, she was advised by the authority that she should instead take two buses to and from school each day.
An independent parental supporter who had attended a BIHR training session supported the girl’s mother to challenge the decision using the Human Rights Act. The mother approached the head teacher of the school and explained that the decision was a disproportionate interference with her daughter’s right to respect for private life (Article 8 ECHR) given the failure to consider her specific circumstances.
The head teacher took the issue to the local authority, and the decision was reversed. Thereafter the young girl was provided with transport to and from school.
For more information see BIHR's The Human Rights Act: Changing Lives (2nd Edition, 2008).
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