Frequently Asked Questions (SEND FAQs)
Under what circumstances do I not need to seek mediation or a tribunal certificate?
How long have I got to make an appeal after a refusal to assess for an EHCP?
How long have I got to make an appeal after a refusal to issue an EHCP after assessment?
How long have I got to make an appeal against the contents of my child’s EHCP?
What happens if I am over the 60-day appeal timescale?
What if my 60-day deadline falls over the Christmas period?
If you must place your request for mediation between 22/12/18 and 02/01/19, please email email@example.com, with your name; the child’s name; child’s date of birth; the name of the child’s school (or most recent placement name); your address, and your reason for appeal. We will confirm receipt on 02/01/19 and back-issue appropriate documentation.
Is mediation always the best option?
What if I don’t get mediation when I have asked for it?
Does mediation cost anything?
If I opt for mediation, where will it take place?
Who will my mediator be?
Can my mediator help me argue my case?
Is mediation confidential?
- Anything discussed with the mediator in private is confidential and will not be discussed with any other party without permission.
- Anything disclosed or discussed during mediation cannot be used outside of the mediation (at tribunal for instance).
- Any notes taken by the mediator will be destroyed at the end of the meeting; the Memorandum of Agreement should be the only official record of actions to be taken.
Will the mediation in any way affect the outcome of a later tribunal?
Who can I bring to mediation?
How long do I have to lodge a tribunal appeal after mediation takes place ?
Can Releasing Potential Mediation help with a tribunal appeal?
What happens if the Local Authority do not adhere to the Mediation Agreement?
Can I mediate again?
Parents are able to request mediation each time an official decision letter detailing their right to appeal is sent by the Local Authority. This means that while it is unlikely that a parent will mediate the same dispute more than once, they may mediate for different reasons as part of the same process. A parent can request mediation in the case of a refusal to assess for an EHCP, then again in the case of an EHCP refused after assessment, and then again if they are appealing the details of the final EHCP.
How do I complain about my mediation meeting?
A customer satisfaction survey can be accessed below if you would like to provide feedback on a mediation that has been completed.
Can I complain about the Local Authority after my appeal has been decided?
AddressReleasing Potential Mediation 7 Kingscroft Court
PO9 1LS Charity No: 1097440
Company No: 4622100
07764 326384 (Mediation Helpline)