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SEND Mediation and Disagreement Resolution Services

Description

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to commission an independent Disagreement Resolution & Mediation service for children and young people with SEND (or may have SEND) and their parent/carers. The provider from 1 November 2021 in the East Riding of Yorkshire is KIDS. Collis Mediation Ltd. will continue to pick up any new referrals until 31 October and if your support goes past that date they will continue to support you to ensure you receive a consistent service. If you are currently receiving a service from Collis Mediation Ltd, they will continue to work with you until this has concluded.

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. They have a team of specialist and fully accredited SEND mediators with many years of experience.

KIDS 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. 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 (around 85% of mediations meetings result in an agreement). This means you may not have to go through the long tribunal process. If you are not happy with the outcome of mediation, you can still make a tribunal appeal.

How does Mediation work?

  • Mediation is quick and informal and there is little paperwork.
  • The mediation meeting takes place somewhere near you and usually within about a month of your request. At the moment, all mediation meetings are done online, for example using Teams or Zoom. The mediator will help you prepare for this.
  • Your caseworker and your mediator help you prepare for the meeting from start to finish and they will answer any questions and concerns you may have.
  • There is just one mediation meeting and it takes around 2 hours with as many breaks as you need. You can bring a supporter.
  • Mediators are impartial. That means they do not take sides or tell you what to decide.
  • The mediator manages the meeting and makes sure that everybody's voice is heard and that the focus remains on the needs of the child or young person.
  • The mediator ensures that everybody works together to find solutions that are in the interest of the child or young person.
  • At the end of the meeting the mediator helps put the agreements reached in writing. The mediation agreement is signed by all present and a copy given to everybody. 

 

For more information please ring 03330 062 835 (this is a local rate number) or email us at senmediation@kids.org.uk

Website: kids.org.uk - SEND Mediation (external website)

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Description

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to commission an independent Disagreement Resolution & Mediation service for children and young people with SEND (or may have SEND) and their parent/carers. The provider from 1 November 2021 in the East Riding of Yorkshire is KIDS. Collis Mediation Ltd. will continue to pick up any new referrals until 31 October and if your support goes past that date they will continue to support you to ensure you receive a consistent service. If you are currently receiving a service from Collis Mediation Ltd, they will continue to work with you until this has concluded.

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. They have a team of specialist and fully accredited SEND mediators with many years of experience.

KIDS 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. 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 (around 85% of mediations meetings result in an agreement). This means you may not have to go through the long tribunal process. If you are not happy with the outcome of mediation, you can still make a tribunal appeal.

How does Mediation work?

  • Mediation is quick and informal and there is little paperwork.
  • The mediation meeting takes place somewhere near you and usually within about a month of your request. At the moment, all mediation meetings are done online, for example using Teams or Zoom. The mediator will help you prepare for this.
  • Your caseworker and your mediator help you prepare for the meeting from start to finish and they will answer any questions and concerns you may have.
  • There is just one mediation meeting and it takes around 2 hours with as many breaks as you need. You can bring a supporter.
  • Mediators are impartial. That means they do not take sides or tell you what to decide.
  • The mediator manages the meeting and makes sure that everybody's voice is heard and that the focus remains on the needs of the child or young person.
  • The mediator ensures that everybody works together to find solutions that are in the interest of the child or young person.
  • At the end of the meeting the mediator helps put the agreements reached in writing. The mediation agreement is signed by all present and a copy given to everybody. 

 

For more information please ring 03330 062 835 (this is a local rate number) or email us at senmediation@kids.org.uk

Website: kids.org.uk - SEND Mediation (external website)

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Costs

Free

Age
0-25
Who is this for?
  • Any type of disability or learning difficulty or mental health condition
  • Anyone with a disability or SEN, diagnosis not needed