Playground accident - Parents told to use the FOI Act if they want to know what happened

The family of a boy who broke his front teeth in a playground accident were told: "If you want to know what happened, use the Freedom of Information Act."

Riverside primary school in Brighton Street, Seacombe, Wirral, did not call the boy's parents or send a letter home about his injury and when his mother asked for a copy of the school's accident policy, she was told to apply using the Act.

The school originally claimed it gave the boy a letter for his mother, but when challenged by the Liverpool Echo it admitted that one had not been sent. A spokesman said: "Any request for school policy documents must be submitted in writing and responded to within 20 working days, as per Freedom of Information Act guidelines."

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