Complaints Policy

Castles Education is committed to providing a quality service to schools and temporary workers to achieve the highest standards of customer satisfaction. One of the ways in which we can continue to improve is by listening and responding to the views of our customers. We welcome comments about the services we provide and this information is used to monitor our performance and where necessary make improvements.

A complaint may arise if:

  • we have made a mistake
  • we have failed to do something we should have done
  • we have acted unfairly or unreasonably
  • we have acted unlawfully

How do people make a complaint?

Any clear expression of dissatisfaction with our service which calls for a response is classed as a complaint.

Where possible complaints should be made in writing (by letter or e-mail).

The complaint should be addressed to “James Tipping (Partner)” and emailed to james@castleseducation.co.uk

or in writing to Bartle House, Oxford Court Manchester M2 3WQ.

Resolving Complaints

In many cases a complaint can be resolved informally via a telephone call.

If the complaint cannot be resolved informally then the formal procedures below will be followed.

General Complaints

  • All complaints should be investigated with the relevant consultant.
  • Where possible a complaint must be dealt with within 48 hours and at maximum within 5 working days.
  • If it is not possible to give a full reply within this time – for instance, because a detailed investigation is required – an interim response will be sent (or confirmed verbally) explaining what is being done to deal with the complaint, when a full reply can be expected and from whom.
  • Complaint replies should include details of who to contact next if it is believed that the complaint has not been dealt with properly.
  • We will endeavour to fully resolve all complaints within 10 working days.

Complaints regarding Agency Workers Performance, Conduct or Behaviour

It is essential that any allegation or complaint made against a Castles Education temporary worker is dealt with fairly, quickly, consistently and in a way that provides effective protection for children and at the same time supporting the person who is the subject of the allegation or complaint.

All complaints regarding agency workers performance, conduct or behaviour should be dealt with as per our “Procedures for dealing with allegations in relation to agency workers” policy.

How will complaints be dealt with?

  • All complaints will be dealt with promptly, politely and, where appropriate, informally
  • Our intention is always to respond in the right way – for example, with an explanation, or an apology where we have got things wrong, or information on any action taken etc
  • We will endeavour to learn from complaints and use them to improve our service.

Castles Education is a member of APSCo. If you feel that you have a genuine complaint against Castles Education and our normal complaints procedure has not been effective in finding a satisfactory solution for you, please contact APSCo  who will investigate your case.

Policy review

The management team will keep Castles Education’s Complaint Policy under annual review and/or if there have been any relevant legislative changes.

This policy was created in June 2018

This policy was reviewed and amended in February 2019