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 and is available to view here.

If you are interested in training as a SEND Mediator and have already carried out a foundation mediation course which meets the stated requirements, you can train as a SEND mediator by completing an approved SEND course. Before registering, you will also need to carry our supported practice. Some training providers offer this alongside their training – please contact the providers for more details.

If you have recently completed SEND mediation training and you have also completed the supported practice element and now wish to apply for accreditation, please download the relevant form, Form 4.

To be included in the register, you will also need to be a member of either COM or CMC. If you are already a member of one of these, please contact that organisation to apply for accreditation, sending in your completed your completed Form 4 to either applications@civilmediation.org or admin@collegeofmediators.co.uk as appropriate.

If you are not already a member of COM or CMC please apply for membership of either, using the following links:

https://www.collegeofmediators.co.uk/membership

https://civilmediation.org/for-mediators/membership/

For full details of how to register as an accredited SEND mediator, please read the full standards document linked above. If you have any queries once reading the standards, please contact the either COM/CMC.

A transition scheme for existing SEND mediator who wished to apply for passporting to accreditation when SEND register was introduced ended on 30 September 2019, except for mediators who were unable to apply before because, for example, they were on parental leave or working abroad. If you wish to apply for passporting on these grounds, please download the relevant form, Form 5 and send this to the COM/CMC, explaining why you were unable to apply before 30 September 2019.

Training Approval

The SEND mediation standards also cover approval of SEND mediation training provision. Training providers wishing to deliver courses that will enable mediators to become SEND accredited, must be approved by COM or CMC, through the assessor panel.

For full details or to apply for approval of your SEND mediation training course, please read the full standards document linked above and contact applications@civilmediation.org or admin@collegeofmediators.co.uk as appropriate.

Provisions Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

It has been agreed that SEND Training Courses can be delivered online for the time being, due to the ongoing uncertainties about whether delivery in person is possible because of the pandemic and restrictions in place. This will be reviewed later in 2021, with providers given sufficient notice so scheduled courses are unaffected.

It has been agreed that assessments can take place based on role play as opposed to a real case. This can take place, in the following way:

– two role plays will need to take place. Each should be recorded and assessed.

– one of the role plays can be of an online mediation; the other should be of a face to face mediation

– as per the standards, this may be an external Professional Practice Consultant (PPC) listed on the College of Mediators’ register of PPCs, or an internal member of staff working for a Mediation Provider Organisation with the relevant experience. The assessor must be on the SEND Register.

– the assessor must assess the mediator as being suitable to carry out SEND mediation face to face.

Again, this will be reviewed later in 2021.