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Mediation is parents choice, not the mediators. They have acted outside of their role. If parent feels mediation may be beneficial, instruct the mediation provider to act on it.
SENDCoP 2015 chapter 11 sets out mediation frameworks. The mediator must only offer impartial and un-bias information, and not pressure service users into a particular decision.
The decision to engage in mediation or proceed to tribunal is parents, carer’s or young persons.
Given tribunal lead times are 22weeks for a do not agree to assess (paper case) and 50weeks+ for a hearing, mediation should take no more than 30-days to take place from notifying the LA.