Disputes between parents, young people, health care services and/or local authorities, concerning the provision to be made for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) can be contentious, resulting in appeals being made to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal. This can be a costly, drawn out process for all parties and may result in strained relations thereafter which are not in the child’s interests.
Effective mediation provides a cost effective alternative and is something that parents and local authorities should actively pursue. We specialise in resolving education disputes between parents, young people, education providers, health services and local authorities.
We provide SEN mediation services which include, an information advice line and pre-tribunal mediation sessions in accordance with the Children and Families Act (2014).
From the 1st September 2014, all local authorities and health commisioning services have a legal duty to provide SEN Mediation when a parent or young person is considering lodging an appeal to the tribunal service in relation to the Education, Health and Care (EHC) process or an EHC plan.
We are committed to promoting mediation as a viable alternative to the excessive personal cost in stress, time and money caused by unnecessary litigation, lack of effective communication and unresolved conflict.