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Dorina’s Story

Our partnership approach with other advice centres allows us to get the best results for our clients even if the issues are not within our area of expertise.

Dorina & her partner were European Economic Area (EEA) nationals. They had moved to the UK and were both working as self-employed.  They had two children, Alin and his brother Petru.

Dorina, came to the advice centre because she had difficulty with securing a school place for Alin. Although Petru, had immediately secured a place at the local secondary school, Alin had been refused a place at two local primary schools.

Alin had behavioural difficulties, has a short attention span, and was behind academically. Dorina was worried that this was the reason her son had not been offered a school place. She was becoming more and more frustrated and didn’t know what she had to do to get her son the education he needed.

Our adviser felt that there were potential discrimination issues. Firstly because Dorina & Alin were EEA nationals, and secondly because of the fact that Alin had learning difficulties, & his brother Petru had been given a school place whilst he had not.

We contacted Avon and Bristol Law Centre on Dorina’s behalf, to determine if there were grounds for challenging discrimination and then referred the case for the Law Centre to pursue. Shortly after, Alin was offered a place at a local school.

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