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Thank you for all of the information and I'm sorry for what you have been through.
In terms of the local authority, the route to redress is a formal complaint, a referral to the local government ombudsman and possible a judicial review claim against them.
Have you made a formal complaint yet?
The issue with judicial review is that there are strict timescales to bring the claim - within 3 months of the action complained of, so time is of the essence.
There's also the route of professional negligence, but this could take some time to progress.
I hope this assists?
The issue of your complaint should not prejudice your daughter in any way. You also can wait until the conclusion of proceedings before complaining - there's no official time limit on that.
It is possible to apply for JR outside of the 3 month timescale but there has to be a very good reason - you would need to speak to a JR specialist from about this though.
This company offer a free consultation to discuss a potential JR claim: http://www.the-legal-company.co.uk/judicial-review?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0J7g6OuK6QIVVZ3VCh2GxA4wEAAYAiAAEgIlq_D_BwE
All of the above suggests clear grounds for a complaint. If the complaint is successfully upheld, then you could seek compensation.
On the section 20 point can you please post that as a new question?
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On this last point I cannot find any specific guidance, it's perhaps just a matter of simple human decency.
I hope that helps?
As I say it's matter of human decency. A lot of the usual courtesies seem to go out of the window when the threat of child protection issues rear their head I'm afraid. It can cause professionals who should be acting in a sensitive and reasonable way to abandon all decorum.
You have sufficient grounds for a complaint here, you don't need to quote a specific policy for someone to see that.
I hope that helps.
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