COVID-19. At the moment, all mediation meetings are done online, for example using Skype or Zoom
KIDS Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Mediation helps parents and young people resolve disputes about Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments and Plans, as well as other SEND related issues. We have a team of specialist accredited SEND mediators with many years of experience.
Disagreements are usually with the local authority (LA) and sometimes with the school or college. Health and Social Services can also be involved.
Parents and young people can use mediation before making an appeal to the SEND Tribunal. Mediation is very successful and means you may not have to go to tribunal. Around 85% of mediations meetings result in an agreement. If you are not happy with the outcome of mediation, you can still make a tribunal appeal.
Our service is free of charge. It is for children and young people with SEND (or who may have SEND) age 0 to 25 and their families.
“It (mediation) gave me confidence that we were being listened to and that we will receive support in order to move forward.”
“My daughter came out of the (mediation) meeting and stated that she felt happy that people understood and were nice.”