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Service complaints

January 2017 – The year ahead

This week marks the second year of the Office of the Service Complaints Ombudsman and our 1st birthday!  I thought it only fitting to use my first blog of the year to at the year ahead and what I hope to achieve in 2017. Our office reopened Tuesday after the Christmas break and we are already […]

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What makes a good decision letter?

One of my powers as the Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces is to review decisions made by the chain of command to not accept a complaint for investigation.  In the first 9 months my office has upheld 53% of reviews of this type in favour of the complainant. In some instances it isn’t […]

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November 2016 – The power of “sorry”

Sorry seems to be the hardest word in the resolution of complaints but it shouldn’t be that way.  One small word can lead to a fundamental shift in how an individual views the outcome of a complaint and their treatment within the complaints process. In this blog I examine the power of ‘sorry’ and why […]

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November 2016 – Bullying

You might be surprised to learn that the majority of Service complaints made by members of the Armed Forces are not about bullying but about Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS). However, while complaints about bullying are a minority, they are a significant minority. While the majority of Service personnel will go through their careers […]

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February 2016 – Service complaints – An internal workplace grievance

Since my role became that of an Ombudsman on 1st January 2016, my office has received many enquiries from Service personnel who want their Service complaint to be investigated by me instead of their chain of command.  There seems to be confusion as to why I can’t do this, so I thought I would use […]

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September 2015 – Journey to an Ombudsman – State of readiness

One of the biggest motivations for me in taking on this role has been the fact that there is radical change on the way. As I’ve now seen for myself, changes to the complaints system are very much needed – now they are finally coming to fruition. As the first Service Complaints Ombudsman, I will […]

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