Mediation and tribunals

Find out about the process of disagreeing with the council without going to court

Mediation is a free service run by an impartial organisation separate from Essex County Council (ECC). It could help you resolve your disagreement with the council without going to court. It's a chance to find out why ECC made their decisions, explain why you disagree, and find a compromise.

If mediation does not settle the disagreement, you can appeal to the SEND tribunal.

  1. What you might disagree with Essex County Council about

    Decisions you may disagree with, that you can challenge

  2. What to do first if you disagree

    Who you must contact first

  3. If you’ve tried these options and do not reach an agreement

    What mediation is and how it works

  4. The appeal process

    How much time you have to go through this process