A child-centred approach to resolving conflict in education
The Education (Additional Support for Learning Scotland) Act 2004/09 places duties on local authorities to provide access to independent mediation for resolving disputes with parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs when or if they arise. Your local authority also has a duty to publish who the independent provider of mediation is in your area.
What are Additional Support Needs?
Additional support needs is the term which applies to children and young people who, for whatever reason, require additional support, long or short term, in order to help them make the most of their school education. (Ref: Scottish Government Supporting Children’s Learning, Code of Practice). By law, local education authorities must provide mediation services free of charge for parents, carers and young people.
What is mediation?
Why would I use ASN mediation?
Sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts and endeavours situations can arise which cause disagreements. Misunderstandings, lack of shared information and different perceptions can be addressed through mediators helping parents and education staff to talk and listen effectively and directly with one another.