One of the new features brought in by the Children and Families Act 2014 was that mediation must be considered before types of cases can be brought to the Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) tribunal. Our service aims to settle disagreements that arise between parents and local authorities/schools about the "SEND" of children and young people, and how to best meet those needs.
The mediation will be held in a neutral location within 30 days of the LA being told you would like a mediation. Our mediators will explain the process to you and help clarify the nature of the disagreement, you can bring a supporter with you, although legal representation is not usually necessary. After the mediation, the mediation advisor will issue a certificate within 3 working days confirming that mediation has concluded, and if all your issues haven't been resolved, you can use the certificate to register your appeal with the Tribunal.