SEND Mediation Training
10% Discount for SOM Members - ask us for details of this rebate. This two-day course held in person, covers both the theoretical and practical elements required for accreditation as a specialist SEND mediator, by the Civil Mediation Council (CMC), for delegates who already hold accreditation as Civil and Commercial Mediators. This course leads to registration on the CMC SEND Mediator Register. The course attracts 12 hours CPD and successful completion will satisfy the requirements of the Civil Mediation Council for registration as a SEND Mediator. Over 60% of all statutory SEND disagreements proceed to mediation or an alternative form of dispute resolution Once accredited, delegates will have the skills, knowledge and expertise to chair some of the 4000+ mediations which take place annually.
What will I learn?
- Explore Statutory Timescales and the Legal Framework.
- Learn SEND processes and procedures.
- Obtain appropriate skills, knowledge and expertise in SEND.
- Develop an impartial approach whilst empowering and supporting participants.
- Understand your responsibility for the overall practice.
Day 1: SEND Mediation - Background and Theory
- Types of SEND / General Overview and Awareness / Signposting and How SEND is identified.
- Language and Definitions.
- Relevant Legislation.
- The Role of Professionals.
- The Graduated Approach - How SEND support is structured and provided.
- Reasonable Adjustments.
- Education, Health and Care Plane (EHCP).
- Preparing for Mediation - Facilitating information and clarifying agendas.
- CYP Participation 'The Voice of the Child'.
- Power Balancing in SEND Mediation.
Day 2: SEND Mediation.
- Managing Multi-Party Meetings.
- Working with Advocates.
- Parental Responsibility.
- Authority to Settle in SEND.
- Agreements Writing in SEND context.
- SEND Tribunal.
- How the Mediation Provider works as an Organisation.
- Local Offer.
Who is this for?
This course, held in person, is intended for those delegates that have already achieved accreditation as a Civil & Commercial Mediator and who wish to make the specialist area of SEND mediation part of their offering.
There is no prerequisite for delegates to have had experience in either education, SEND 0-25 roles or in SEND Law. It is essential however that delegates have a genuine interest in people and supporting all participants to achieve the right outcome for children and young people.
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This course was engaging, excellently delivered and thoroughly enjoyable! I would recommend this to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. The skills that you will learn on the course will be beneficial in various aspects of life, irrespective of whether or not you want to practise as a mediator afterwards!
Barrister, Government Legal Department
"An intensive, comprehensive and action packed course which allowed me to see beyond the theory to putting it into practice. It is one thing to read about a field of practice and quite another to try and do it yourself!"
Broadcaster and singer
‘The Society of Mediators course will both change your life and the way you look at resolving any dispute in the future. I was already a convert to mediation, having been continually frustrated by the court process, in my practice as a solicitor. However, the course gave me a completely fresh outlook in the way to deal with mediation, and is designed to fast-track you to have the skills, you may have thought you had, but didn’t realise you need. The week is intense, but in a good way, and planned so that you often don’t really realise you are continually learning. There is a rich blend of tutors and facilitators, who have a very wide range of backgrounds. It may sound over the top, but by day one I was completely re-thinking the way I approached problems, and indeed the way I communicated with people. Whether you are a lawyer or not, this course has something to offer anyone who wants to resolve issues in any walk of life. In fact, I found my legal background, something of a disadvantage, as I had to be ‘untrained’ in lots of ways I approach disputes. Most importantly of all, I learnt to listen and not talk! To say it is ‘value for money’ is an understatement. I urge you to sign up. You will not regret it.’ Ben Tisdall, Solicitor. www.bentisdallsolicitor.com
July 2023 Course
"I cannot recall ever attending a training course, particularly one that lasts from 10am to gone 6pm for 5 consecutive days, where I have felt constantly engaged and enthused. All of the tutors have been superb and their passion and commitment to mediation is clear."
42 Bedford Row
"The course was better than I expected, the tutors were all fantastic. They taught us from beginner’s level and explained everything in an easy-to-understand way, which meant I didn’t feel like I was thrown in the deep end when I started mediating the case studies."
The Insolvency Service
"An excellent introduction to mediation and a great opportunity for personal development. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and challenged by an engaging and interesting faculty."
CEO and Venture Capital Board Member
"A substantial, through and entertaining course... provided me with the important basics [and] broke down assumptions I had previously. The tutors were inspiring and kind and I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn with lovely new people from outside of my usual ‘tunnel’."
"The course provided a provided a comprehensive account of mediation and how it works. The tutors were very knowledgeable and clearly determined to ensure everyone on the course left with a good understanding of the subject."
King's College London
I know it has been over a month since we completed the course, but the more I reflect upon those 5 days, the more I realise their immense impact. This has been the most stimulating course I have done in over 3 years, and for that I cannot thank you enough. I just wanted to thank you for the time, and effort you and your lovely team put into the structure and content of the course. The skills you passed on were simply life-altering. This introduction to the world of mediation has greatly deepened my passion for ADR, and I am extremely excited to go further with this. I am looking forward to the next steps, and to hopefully learning more from you in the future.
King's College London