Perhaps you don’t agree with what is happening in the asylum seekers centre. Or you are angry. Examples of this include:
- The shower in your home hasn’t been working for some time.
- A member of staff of the COA was unfriendly to you.
- You are angry because the neighbour makes too much noise.
Perhaps you can solve this togetherIt’s good to first talk to the person you are complaining about. You can then explain why you don’t agree with something. You can ask someone for help, for instance your neighbour, teacher or an acquaintance.
Write down your complaintTalking isn’t helping? Then write down your complaint. Ask the COA for a complaints form, in which you list a number of things:
- Your name, address and the date when you are writing this letter.
- Explain why you are complaining.
- Also mention the date of the event you are complaining about.
- Write your name at the bottom of the letter.
A reply within six weeksWithin six weeks the COA needs to answer your complaint. If the COA has a good reason then it can reply another four weeks later. The COA does have to let you know this. The COA will give you a letter after these six weeks. In this letter the COA explains what it is doing with your complaint.
- As a child you can’t officially complain, so it’s practical if an adult also signs the letter.
- The COA gives you proof if you hand in a letter of complaint (this is called ‘proof of receipt’). Keep this document.
- The person you are complaining about will get a copy of your letter.
- Your complaint will be treated by someone else than the person you are complaining about.