The SEND Code of practice 0-25 states that all Local Authorities must make SEND Mediation and Disagreement Resolution Services (DRS) available to parents and young people. Whilst Local Authorities commission the service, it must be independent of the local authority. That means no-one who is directly employed by the local authority can provide Mediation & DRS services.
It is also important to note that the SEND Code of practice requires parents, carers and young people to consider Mediation before making a claim to the First Tier SEND Tribunal.
Oldham Local Authority has commissioned POINT to deliver Mediation and DRS in Oldham and all Mediation and Disagreement Resolution meetings are undertaken by a mediator trained to Civil Mediation Council Standards.
The buttons below provide more information about Mediation, DRS and First Tier SEND Tribunal Claims along with Chapter 11 of the SEND Code of Practice which relates to Mediation and DRS.
A guide to Mediation and Disagreement Resolution in Oldham
Are you 16-25 years old? Who to talk to if you are unhappy with the help you are getting for your special educational needs or disability at school or college.
Find out more about mediation and disagreement resolution in the SEND Code of Practice 0-25
Information on making a claim to the SEND Tribunal
How to contact Oldham SEND Mediation and Disagreement resolution Service