Concerns & Complaints Procedure

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We carry out regular surveys to ensure that the service we offer learners, employers and other partners is of the highest quality and these are evaluated regularly in order to make improvements.  However, situations may arise that need to be investigated immediately, so please let us know if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our services by contacting the following:

All concerns are treated seriously and we will work with you to reach a satisfactory outcome.

Our formal complaints charter

Our commitment to YOU

ATL welcomes feedback, concerns and complaints and aims to resolve most situations informally. However, if you feel the need to formally raise an issue with us, please give us as much detail as possible in writing or ask a member of staff for a copy of our Concerns and Complaints Form.  Completed forms or letters should be returned direct to the Quality Manager. ATL will then follow the formal procedure below:

  • All complaints will be dealt with sensitively, fairly and in confidence.
  • You will get an acknowledgement in 5 working days (at this stage we may need to ask for further information).
  • A thorough investigation will be carried out.
  • You will receive a response within in 20 working days.
  • If you are not happy with the way your complaint is treated, you can appeal to one of the Directors – this must be in writing, within 10 days of receiving the decision.
  • If you remain dissatisfied, the Quality Manager will advise you how to take further action.

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Dealing with Complaints Procedure

Scope – All staff

Purpose – To ensure fair and consistent handling of concerns and complaints raised by service users (learners, parents, schools, employers, placement providers, etc.)


  • Achievement Training Ltd (ATL) carries out regular surveys to ensure that our service is of the highest quality and improvements made where required.  However, situations will inevitably arise that need immediate action. We strive to resolve issues informally wherever possible, however consistent records and excellent communication are required for this to happen.
  • We have a complaints charter which is made available to all learners at induction and to other service users on request:   P:\Teaching and Learning\ Complaints Charter& Procedure.doc
  • Department Managers should be informed as soon as possible of any concerns raised. They will give advice and guidance on immediate action and ensure that the Quality Manager or Head of Teaching & Learning are notified of all complaints raised or, in the case of a possible safeguarding issue, the Learning Support Manager/Lead Safeguarding Officer (see Safeguarding Disclosure Guide for further information).
  • If informal measures are unsuccessful in resolving the issue, a complaint form may be requested, available on the public server: P:\Teaching and Learning\Concerns & Complaints Form.doc


Your line Manager must be advised immediately. Completed forms should usually be returned in the first instance to the Department Manager and Managers should then always refer the issue and seek advice from the Quality Manager or the Head of Teaching & Learning. In cases where there may be an equality of safeguarding issues, they will liaise with the appropriate working party as necessary.

  • The Quality Manager will review actions already taken, set up an objective investigation, meet with the concerned parties where necessary and arrange a timely, formal response. Other colleagues may need to be consulted, but confidentiality will be maintained within the appropriate reporting group (e.g. the manager of another curriculum area may need to be informed if an employer who uses services of more than one area has raised a concern).

Author(s):             Quality Team

Enquiries to:        Quality Manager


First Issue Date August 2008
Review Schedule Annually (August or September)
This Version August 2023