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Common Ground Mediation

Common Ground Mediation provides independent mediation services to the education community in Scotland.  Our core service is helping to resolve disputes between parents and carers of children with additional support needs and the local education authority and/or schools.  We work in a number of different areas across Scotland and most disagreements can be resolved at an early stage.

We are offering our service remotely on a number of online platforms.

Positive power of communication:

Providing access to Independent mediation for children & young people with additional support needs is not a new requirement or duty for local authorities in Scotland.

The Education (Additional Support for Learning Scotland) Act 2004 and Scottish education law clearly outlines a framework which ensures mediation must be provided as an option. To resolve disputes between parents/ carers and the authority and/or school regarding a child who has additional support needs. The mediation service must be free of charge for families. Mediation can be used instead of, or as well as, taking a case to the additional support needs tribunal.

There are 4 steps, within the framework, to avoid and resolve disagreements about additional support for learning. At any of these stages mediation can be thought about. Most disagreements about the education of children & young people with additional support needs can be referred to an independent mediation service.

Disagreements can be very stressful for everyone involved. As conflict resolution professionals we offer a wide range of different services. You can find out about these as you explore this website.

Please be aware that we are no longer a service provider for The City of Edinburgh Council.

We hope you will find this website informative and useful. Contact us at info@commongroundmediation.co.uk to find out more.

Scottish Mediation Register of Mediators
Members of the Scottish Mediation Network

What our clients say...

“Everyone had an opportunity to raise their issues and respond. Mediation moved the issues on and brought light to all our concerns.
What a fantastic service and it helped our situation a lot.”

Parent, 2023