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Comments and Complaints Procedure

 

Introduction

It is important for Learning and Work Institute (L&W) that people can express their gratitude, thanks, worries or anxieties. A comments/complaints procedure ensures anyone experiencing good or poor service is assured that we will appreciate their view. It is important we take steps to improve our service or thank those within L&W who have done well and provides feedback to our work.

 

Aims

L&W aims to be an outstanding organisation, providing high-quality services to our customers. When we do it well, people like to tell us. However sometimes we make mistakes. The aims of a comments/complaints procedure are also to:

  • respond to our customers effectively
  • resolve problems quickly and satisfactorily
  • record the dissatisfaction and action taken to remedy the situation
  • learn from the experience to ensure the problems do not re-occur
  • identify good practice and disseminate it
  • keep good records of praise and what people appreciate
  • improve and maintain overall standards of service
  • monitor the types of comments or complaints we receive.

Comments/complaints received by telephone

 

At all times, customers need to know we are listening and responding.  Ensure that the caller gets an adequate response by directing the call appropriately to either the individual member of staff, their line-manager or to the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO).

Listen sensitively to the complainant. Explain that we have a formal complaints process and that you are happy to note down the complaint now and to get it dealt with.

If the caller does not need or want to talk to anyone else, make a note of the date, the name of the caller, their contact details and comment.

If appropriate, callers should be advised of L&W’s comments/complaints procedure, note that a copy can be sent via post or email. They should also be advised that their call is being dealt with as a comment or complaint.

 

Written Complaints
If you receive a comment or complaint, send it to the DFO on the day of receipt who will log it and if possible ensure the complaint is resolved immediately.

There are three stages to the complaints procedure

 

Stage One

Once the comment/complaint has been received we will try and resolve immediately. If possible, a written response or phone call should be issued or held with the complainant immediately. This will explain the reason behind the problem, the action taken to rectify the problem and any further action which will be taken to ensure it does not happen again.

 

Stage Two 

If the problem is going to take a longer time to investigate, a holding communication will be sent to the complainant within 10 working days, reassuring them that the issue is being dealt with. This will include a contact name and telephone number and advise them of the date by which they should receive a response to their comment/complaint.

Within 28 days of this, a further letter will be sent to the complainant telling them of the reason behind the problem, the action taken to rectify the problem, and any further action which will be taken to ensure it does not happen again.

 

Stage Three

If the complainant is not satisfied with the result of a Stage 1 or Stage 2 comment/complaint, the information will be passed to the CEO who will respond within 10 working days with the outcome of a review.

Further Action
If the complainant is not satisfied with our response at Stage 3, they can write to the Chair of the Company Board. The letter to the Chair will be acknowledged within ten working days and the Chair will hear the comment or complaint within one month.

The Chair may ask the complainant to attend a meeting to hear the comment or complaint. They must inform the Chair in advance of the meeting if they wish to bring someone along to support them.

Within two weeks of the meeting a written response will be sent to the complainant telling them of the reason behind the problem, the action taken to rectify the problem, and any further action which will be taken to ensure it does not happen again. The Chair’s decision is final.

 

Monitoring
Complaints will be monitored and will record:

  • nature of the comment/complaint and the action to resolve it
  • how long it took to resolve it and the staff involved in doing so
  • if appropriate, we will ask the complainant if they are willing to share their protected characteristics

 

Reviewed May 2021

Next review date May 2024

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