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Consultation – SEND Mediation: Practice standards, system accreditation, and approval of training courses

January 11, 2018

The NNPCF would like to ask local parent carer forums to respond to the following consultation on the practice standards, system for accreditation and the approval of training courses in relation to SEND mediation.

The online survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NVMZDJK and closes on Friday 2nd February 2018.

The draft standards can be accessed at http://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/professional-standards-for-mediators-working-with-send.

This is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in SEND mediation to influence the introduction of voluntary standards and an accreditation/approval process for SEND Mediation.

The NNPCF welcomes the introduction of a common set of standards and systems of accreditation for SEND Mediators.  In your response we would suggest that forums  reflect on the parental experience locally of the mediation process to date and how the proposed standards may improve this.

In particular we would like to suggest that any SEND Mediation training should included disability awareness, the impact of the caring role on parent carers and the cultural change that the Children and Families Act seeks to embed.