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Mediation is a statutory service commissioned by local authorities which is designed to help settle disagreements between parents or young people and local authorities over EHC needs assessments and plans. 

Parents and young people can use mediation before deciding whether to appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal about decisions on assessment or the special educational element of a plan.

Mediation can also consider health and social care aspects of the plan.

Requirement to consider mediation

Parents and young people who wish to make an appeal to the Tribunal may do so only after they have contacted an independent mediation adviser and discussed whether mediation might be a suitable way of resolving the disagreement.

This requirement does not apply where the appeal is only about the name or type of the school, college or other institution named in the plan.

Where a parent or young person is required to obtain a mediation certificate, he or she must contact the mediation adviser within two months of receiving the written notice of the local authority’s decision , and inform the mediation adviser that he or she wishes to appeal and inform the mediation adviser whether they wish to pursue mediation.

Please watch this helpful video from Suffolk IASS which explains in detail all about the mediation process:

In North Yorkshire mediations are arranged through Collis Mediation

You can find out more about Collis Mediation and SEND mediation using the link below.

Collis Mediation can be contacted via: 

Phone: 07715 958290 


Additional information on mediation 

You can find further information on Mediation by clicking the links below

Mediation | (IPSEA) Independent Provider of Special Education Advice

SEND Mediation — Civil Mediation