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The Service Complaints Ombudsman’s office will be closed from Monday 23rd December 2019 at 5 pm until Thursday 2nd January 2020 at 9 am (inclusive). You can still submit enquiries and/or applications to our contact mailbox during this period. However, they won’t be actioned until the office reopens on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

The Role of our Operations Teams

The role of the Operations Team is to make referrals and conduct investigations on behalf of the Ombudsman. This is done under delegated authority i.e. the Ombudsman gives her staff the power to carry out these specific functions.

Referrals

The Enquiries and Referrals Team is the frontline of our office. They are the first point of contact for anyone:

  • making an application to the Ombudsman, or
  • seeking information about the Ombudsman’s powers and processes.

They can provide information about the Service complaints process, but not advice about whether a person should make a Service complaint. The decision to make a complaint can only be made by the individual.

The team ensure that every individual contacting our office is treated with the utmost care and concern. They often deal with very sensitive issues but they are not a crisis or welfare service.

The Enquiries and Referrals Officers also make all referrals under delegated authority from the Ombudsman. For more information on the referrals read Types of Applications.

Our office isn’t staffed 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. It is open Mon – Fri 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Please allow up to 2 working days to receive a response to your enquiry.

To contact the team:

Phone 020 7877 3450
Email contact@scoaf.org.uk
Write Office of the Service Complaints Ombudsman, PO Box 72252, London SW1P 9ZZ

Investigations

The Investigations Team consists of 10 experienced investigators and Head of Investigations. The team is overseen by the Chief of Operations.

The role of the Investigations Team is to discharge the Ombudsman’s investigations function. This is done by conducting independent and impartial investigations and producing decision reports.

The team carry out all stages of the investigations process under delegated authority from the Ombudsman. This includes decisions to accept a matter for investigation, conducting investigations, making findings and recommendations, and, preparing, disclosing and signing investigation reports. For more information on the investigations read Types of Applications.

As an impartial Ombudsman service, it is essential that people can trust the independence of our investigations. All our investigations hold professional qualifications in Ombudsman and Complaint Handling through Queen Margaret University.