Mediation can help parents, young people and local authorities reach agreements about arrangements for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

If you are a parent or a young person, you can read more about SEND mediation here.

Standards for SEND Mediation

The College of Mediators (COM) and Civil Mediation Council (CMC) have collaborated to produce training and practice standards in England and Wales for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) mediation. SEND mediators, who meet the requirements for training and practice, may apply for accreditation and included in the register of SEND mediators.

The register is available to view here.

The creation of the standards

COM and CMC are both independent standard setting bodies and offer membership to professional mediators working in a number of different contexts and collaborated to the SEND Mediation Standards. We are very grateful to the Department for Education (DfE) for their support of this work. The standards were created, using examples of best practice, by a working group from the SEND mediation field, including Global Mediation, KIDS, Prime Resolution, Steve Hindmarsh and Together Trust.

Since the launch of the SEND mediation standards in May 2018, a panel of assessors has been appointed to assess applications for mediator accreditation and training approval. A list of the assessors can be found here.

SEND mediators, who meet the requirements for training and practice, may apply for accreditation and membership of either COM or CMC. All accredited SEND mediators who are members of either COM or CMC will be included in the register of SEND mediators.

The register for accredited mediators is jointly maintained by COM and CMC.