SKYLARKS RUNS A clinic with Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Limited (AMC)
Free advice for special educational needs
APPOINTMENTS CANNOT BE BOOKED THROUGH OUR WEBSITE. YOU NEED TO CONTACT FIONA SLOMOVIC'S SECRETARY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FREE OF CHARGE THROUGH SKYLARKS WITH FIONA SLOMOVIC YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH SKYLARKS. IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY REGISTERED PLEASE CONTACT email@example.com THE LEAD TIME FOR AN APPOINTMENT IS USUALLY 2-3 WEEKS.
For parents and carers of children with additional needs, we offer free advice on SEN and educational matters, through our SEN Advocacy Clinic. Appointments with Fiona Slomovic of Advocacy and Mediation Consultants take place most Fridays during term time at the Crossway Centre from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Educational advocacy is free for parents when you make an appointment at one of our sessions, but if you commission Advocacy and Mediation Consultants to attend a meeting with you or to take your case to tribunal, then charges will be discussed and you can pay the consultants directly.
More information from AMC:
Who we are:
Advocacy and Mediation Consultants
Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Limited (AMC) is an independent specialist advice, advocacy and dispute resolution service for parents, schools, public and private organisations which provides informed and collaborative advocacy and mediation in the areas of education and social care. The consultancy specialises in offering services to families with children with special educational needs or disabilities with a cost effective means of supporting families throughout the UK via a named specialist advocate. We aim to provide independent and informed advice to parents and carers and negotiate and liaise with schools, LA and professionals to seek the provision, support and placement preferred by the parents.
We support parents throughout the Special Educational Needs process and manage up to 100 cases through the SEND Tribunal process each year. We also deliver training throughout the UK to schools, parent groups and Local Authorities on the Special Educational Needs process, Tribunal system and parent engagement.
We also offer formal and informal mediation through accredited mediators and representation at Child Protection Conferences and Reviews and a full support and representation service at SEND (SEN and Disability Discrimination Tribunal) and Exclusion Appeal Hearings.
We are members of the Education Law Association, Matrix Education Round Table and the South East and London Specialist User Group for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination Tribunal. Fiona Slomovic, the Director, sat on the Advisory Group for the New Tribunal Rules and delivered training on behalf of the Ministry of Justice throughout the UK to professionals and LAs on the Tribunal process. She has recently been appointed as Lay Member of a Research Ethics Committee for the NHS and a Trustee for a national charity supporting children and families with autism — Ambitious About Autism.
What we will provide at SKYLARKS:
Weekly 5 hour term time surgery free to all Skylarks users; appointments booked by phone or email in advance (20, 40 or 60 minute slots depending on complexity of case) generally held on Friday morning; alternatively on Tuesday afternoon. Appointments can be booked via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on 07702 189889. This surgery will be paid for by Skylarks.
Members can seek advice on all matters relating to their children’s special educational needs: e.g. transfer from statement to Education, Health and Care Plan, reviewing paperwork and reports from schools and professionals, correspondence with the LA , drafting letters, requesting statutory assessment, drafting parental advice, responding to proposed EHC Plan, annual review process, transition for secondary or Post 16 etc. We will provide sample letters and fact sheets depending on the particular client’s circumstances. Please note that if attendance at a meeting or drafting of a formal letter is required, AMC will charge the parents/carers for these services. All charges will be discussed in advance.
For families that wish to contract for additional work with AMC, AMC will offer 10 % reduction on rates for meetings (£180 plus VAT to include drafting of paperwork required for the meeting) and 10 % reduction on annual subscription fee (£360 plus VAT). Annual subscription fee will include email and telephone advice for 1 year, attendance at a meeting with LA / school if required and 1 formal piece of paperwork. Fees can be paid in instalments. All other fees as published on AMC fee schedule.
AMC will keep electronic secure records of all paperwork and minutes of meetings with you.
What you will need to provide:
Depending on the type of advice you are seeking we will need to see records concerning your child’s educational needs. We request that you provide us with copies of all relevant reports and that these reports are paper clipped together and not stapled. Paperwork can be emailed but AMC reserve the right to charge a nominal cost for printing or copying. We will email you a list of the relevant document that we will need to see depending on the issues to be considered
Families need to be registered with Skylarks before accessing our advocacy and mediation service. Please register with us before booking your appointment.
IF YOU CANNOT GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH FIONA SLOMOVIC QUICKLY, PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE WILL SUGGEST OTHER ORGANISATIONS WHICH MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU, SUCH AS IPSEA AND SOS!SEN