Mediation only covers specific types of disagreements. You and your family can request mediation services if your local authority has decided:
- not to carry out an EHC needs assessment or re-assessment of your child
- not to draw up an EHC plan for your child, once they have completed an assessment
- not to amend (change) your child’s EHC plan following an annual review or re-assessment
- to cease to maintain (stop) your child’s EHC plan
Where your local authority has issued an EHC plan for your child, mediation is available if you disagree with:
- the description of the child or young person’s special educational, health or social care needs in sections B, C and D of the EHC plan
- the description of the special educational, health or social care provision to meet those needs set out in sections F, G and H1/H2 of the EHC plan
Mediation is important if you are considering registering an appeal with the SEND Tribunal. You will need a mediation certificate before you can register an appeal. The only exception are appeals which are only about the school or other setting named on the EHC plan (section I).
You and your family can get a mediation certificate either by taking part in a mediation meeting, or by speaking to a mediation advisor and telling them that you do not want to take part in a mediation meeting. Taking part in mediation is voluntary for parents and young people. However, the local authority must take part in mediation if a parent or young person has requested this.