Special Educational Needs (SEN) Mediation

SEN Mediation is appropriate when there is a disagreement about what is best for a child with special education needs and no agreement can be reached. To ensure the best course of action is taken often requires the services of an experienced mediator.

Right Mediation has over 25 years' experience in mediation and have a dedicated team of highly experienced SEN accredited mediators, who also have a background in Family Mediation and Family Group Conferencing. This equips them with the tools to work with families and children under very difficult circumstances, ensuring the welfare of children is paramount.

New legislation is being introduced, the Children and Families Act 2014 and the new SEN Code of Practice, which came into effect on 1st September 2014. All our mediators have undergone specialist training, and work closely with Parent Partnerships in Wirral and Birmingham.

Our team provides children, young people, parents and carers with mediation information, giving them the opportunity to resolve issues linked to requests for an Education Care Plan (EHC) Assessment and the outcome of the EHC Plan Assessment and Review.

All our mediators are conscientous and work to overcome the power imbalance between local authorities, parents and children / young people, and are committed to ensuring that all parties are listened to and can have their say in a constructive and disciplined environment.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a quick and effective way of sorting out disagreements in a safe controlled environment with very little disruption. Mediation helps people involved in disputes to meet and work together to reach an acceptable solution.

The mediator is an independent facilitator who does not take sides, give advice or make judgments. The mediator manages discussion fairly to help people to communicate openly and to explore options.

In SEN Mediation, the child's / young person's needs and interests are always kept at the heart of the discussions.

SEN mediation:

When a referral is received it is allocated to a mediator who then contacts all parties involved.
The mediator will speak with everyone individually and will arrange a mediation meeting at a neutral, convenient venue.
The mediator will facilitate the meeting and will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to express their views and to listen to those of others. Before discussing possible solutions, the mediator will help parties to fully explore options. When everybody has agreed with the solutions, the agreement is put into writing and signed by all the parties.