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Western Education & Library Board,
1 Hospital Road,
Omagh, Co Tyrone,
BT79 0AW

Telephone: 028 8241 1411
Fax: 028 8241 1400
Email: info@welbni.org
Textphone: 028 8241 1550

Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Service (DARS)

The Dispute Avoidance & Resolution Service (DARS) came into effect on 1 September 2005 as a part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Order (SENDO).

The DARS is an independent, confidential, voluntary and informal service designed to provide an opportunity for identifying points of disagreement and finding ways forward that all parties are willing to accept.

Disagreements may arise between a parent/guardian and either a School or Region in relation to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision being made for a child or young person. If initial attempts to resolve disagreement have not been successful, it may be appropriate to make a referral to the DARS.

The DARS Team will facilitate discussions aimed at resolution but ultimately, agreement can only be reached with the approval and participation of all parties.

Involvement with DARS will not affect the right of appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (the SENDIST).

The DARS Officer for the Education Authority Western Region is:

Julie Baldrick North West Teacher's Centre T:  028 7186 3520
DARS Officer 24 Temple Road F:  028 7186 1105
  Strathfoyle E:  DARS.enquiry@eani.org.uk
  BT47 6TJ  

DARS Leaflet
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For FAQs on DARS please click here