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GLC Mediation Report

GLC Mediation Report

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Published by: Govan Law Centre on Sep 30, 2009
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Setting up and delivering mediation servicesin the Scottish education system
 Additional Support NeedsMediation
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 
 
The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill asintroduced places a duty on education authorities to makearrangements for the provision of independent additional supportneeds (ASN) mediation services.
 
The Govan Law Centre Education Law Unit was funded by the ScottishExecutive Special Educational Needs Innovation Grants Programme toproduce a written resource for mediators and for local authoritiesconsidering setting up an ASN mediation process.
 
This report includes information on the concepts and principles of mediation, as well as practical advice and good practice guidelines.
 
The report makes ten recommendations (see Section 5). The keyrecommendation is that a national ASN Mediation Service should bedeveloped.
 
The report also recommends the introduction of national minimumstandards in ASN mediation.
 
The focus of ASN mediation is the interests of the child/young personwith additional support needs.
 
FOREWORD
Govan Law Centre is an independent community controlled organisationwhich exists to tackle unmet legal need. Children and young people withadditional support needs are in an especially vulnerable situation and thevariety and complexity of legal needs which may arise require particular carefrom the agency which seeks to assist them.The guiding light for all law centre work is contained within the aims andobjectives of the Govan Law Centre Charitable Trust. We are committed tousing the law and legal skills to tackle inequality and to support vulnerablepeople in our society; and where possible, to empower people to helpthemselves. It is therefore highly appropriate that our Education Law Unithas piloted a mediation service in several local authority areas with a view toresolving disputes around special educational needs.I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our trustees and staff fortheir hard work in making this pilot mediation scheme a reality. Our thanksmust also go to our funding partners, the Scottish Executive EducationDepartment, without whose support we could not deliver this service; and toGlasgow City Council, without whose core support Govan Law Centre couldnot develop projects like the Education Law Unit (ELU).Finally, a particular note of thanks to Iain Nisbet, the ELU’s Co-ordinator,Morag Steven, our Meditation Consultant, and to our sessional mediators.They are all highly experienced professionals and we are fortunate to havetheir input and expertise in developing this mediation service. This guide toadditional support needs mediation is the fruit of their considerable labours.
Mike DaillyPrincipal SolicitorGovan Law CentreMarch 2004

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