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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Annual Conference Cancellation

The College of Mediators Annual Conference, due to be held in Birmingham on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June 2020 has been cancelled.

A word from our Chair, Jan Coulton:

'The College of Mediators recently circulated information regarding the annual conference in Birmingham on 19th and 20th June 2020. With the current worldwide problems caused by Covid19, the Board of Directors has unanimously decided that the appropriate course of action is to cancel the conference planned for June. We will keep the situation under review and hope to provide an alternative event, virus permitting. The future of the virus is very unpredictable and the health and welfare of our members and the public are of paramount importance.

On 17th March, the Family Mediation Council (FMC) emailed all mediators on the FMC register with guidance regarding MIAMs and online mediation. This is a timely reminder at a time when more people may choose or need to undertake remote MIAMs and mediation.

The next few weeks are going to be personally challenging for everyone and everyone at the College wishes you good health and stay safe.'

Thursday 19th March 2020

 


 

South East London Family Mediation Bureau, based in Bromley, is one of the oldest family mediation services in the country. It has a team of highly experienced family mediators supported by case-coordinators.

It is looking for a FMCA-qualified and accredited mediator specialising in Property and Finance and AIM cases to join on a sessional basis (days/hours to be discussed).

Knowledge of legal aid assessments would be an advantage but is not essential.

If you would like to discuss please contact Ruth Bryan on 020 8315 7460 or ruth.bryan@selfmb.org.uk

 


 

Mediation East Sussex (part of Hastings and Rother Mediation Service) - registered charity

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our service for an FMC registered Family Mediator to join our team, mediating with clients one day a week.  

Mediation will take place at our office in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9BG.

Travel costs will be considered if the successful candidate lives a significant distance away.

For further information please visit our website www.mediationeastsussex.co.uk  and contact: Nicola Hawkins, Manager, manager@hrmediation.co.uk  or phone 01424 446808.

 


 

Service Manager – Resolve (Berkshire and Oxfordshire Mediation Service)

14 hours per week, based in Reading

Resolve is the mediation charity that provides mediation to help neighbours, families and work colleagues resolve disputes throughout Berkshire and Oxfordshire. We have an exciting opportunity to take on the role of part time Service Manager and lead our community mediation service into the next stage of development.  You will lead a small team of dedicated office staff and a wider community of trained and experienced mediators, many of whom are volunteers, delivering mediation and training services.

We are looking for a passionate and experienced leader with a track record of effectively managing teams and delivering success. Your excellent interpersonal skills enable you to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people and skilfully manage key relationships. Highly self motivated, enthusiastic and self aware, you will be comfortable working both independently and as part of a team. You will need to demonstrate experience of and a successful track record in income generation and business development, ideally in the voluntary sector. You will need to be an advocate for mediation and so have experience or knowledge of, or hold a qualification in, mediation.

If you would like to receive further information about this role please contact us at info@resolvemediation.com. Closing date is 7th Feb 2020.

 


 

Associate Mediator Role with Community Accord

Community Accord is a mediation service based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

We are looking for enthusiastic, efficient and personable Associates to work with us on a case by case basis.

Community Accord deliver a service to Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Individuals and Employers nationwide, delivering Special Educational Needs (SEND), Neighbourhood, Workplace and Family mediation services. We have a contract with the LAA for Family Mediation. Community Accord is also a training organisation delivering mediation/dispute resolution training around the country.

Community Accord’s mediators hold a minimum Level 3 in Mediation Skills or equivalent. The organisation and all its mediators are affiliated with the College of Mediators, CMC or FMC.

An Associates role: -

  • Pre-joint session case assessment work. 
  • Timely organisation and delivery of Joint Mediation sessions to statutory timescales and service levels.
  • SMART agreement writing.
  • Responsibility for caseload and accurate monitoring and reporting.
  • Excellent party liaison.
  • Working independently.
  • CPD

Person specification

  • Practising accredited Mediator.
  • SEND Accredited
  • Qualified to Level 3 in Mediation Skills
  • Minimum one year’s experience of mediation casework, either in the SEND, Family or Neighbourhood Mediation.
  • Commitment to working in an impartial, non-judgemental and confidential manner.
  • A disclosure (criminal records check) with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Commitment to safeguarding practices.
  • Excellent telephone etiquette.
  • Valuing an empathic approach to parties.
  • Willingness to travel to areas of work as necessary. (Yorkshire/Humberside/Lincolnshire)
  • Commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately – written and orally.
  • Commitment to a high quality of service.
  • Good IT skills and excellent attention to detail.
  • Reliable, trustworthy and punctual.
  • Teamwork.
  • Adherence to Community Accords SLA and working practices.

Desirable: -An appreciation of a co-operative approach to company decision making.

N.B Posts are not covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders act. Criminal convictions / cautions must be declared, and each would be considered on an individual basis.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and a covering letter to:  info@communityaccord.com.

All suitable applicants will be interviewed.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Releasing Potential Mediation is looking for a part-time (employed) Mediator to join its SEND mediation team based at Havant, Hampshire. The successful candidate will have completed, or be nearing completion of a Mediation Skills qualification (of at least 40 hours duration) and will have a passion and enthusiasm for working within the SEND context. The role will involve administrative and case work duties (office based) as well as travel to face to face mediation meetings. A full, clean driving licence is essential but a car will be provided for travel to and from meetings. Full training in SEND mediation will be provided.
For more information please see our website: https://www.releasingpotential.com/join-us  or contact Alex Gray via alex@releasingpotential.com.
 

 

Transition into Professional Practice Training

JRFM (Jen Rumble Family Mediation) is an established family mediation practice in the North West of England. We offer a full range of family mediation services to privately paying as well as legally aided clients from various ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds. Our main office is in Stockport Greater Manchester, and the outreach mediation locations are in Sandbach and Chester.

We recognise the challenges faced by the newly trained family mediators, and we are able to offer the following opportunities to mediators who successfully completed a FMC approved family mediation foundation course (https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/mediator-area/good-practice/):

To come in and observe…

  • Mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs);
  • Mediation sessions (child only, finance only, all issues);
  • A variety of cases and different mediation models.

Co-mediation, leading co-mediated cases and supervised mediation sessions

To progress further and…

  • Gain experience and practice skills;
  • Learn about case management and other processes;
  • Work on your FMCA portfolio;
  • Practice drafting mediation summaries, OFS and MoU;
  • Transition to working independently.

Professional Practice Consultancy (PPC)

For continuous support and development

  • Face-to-face and online supervision for new and established mediators;
  • Additional support with FMC accreditation.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and copies of your foundation training certificate and the Professional Liability Insurance to Jen Rumble via e-mail: admin@yourmediator.co.uk or by post: JR Family Mediation, Brookfield House, 193-195 Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK2 6NG.

For more information please call Jen on 07787 424 832

 


 

Non- FMC Accredited Family mediator – observation/practice placement opportunities

West Yorkshire Family Mediation Service (WYFMS) is offering observation, practice placement and co-working opportunities at our Bradford and Leeds family mediation centres.

Our tailored mediation placement packages are designed to help recently trained family mediators gain experience and start to build their portfolio towards accreditation.

We can offer:

  • Observation of one mediation session which includes a pre-session consultation with the mediator and de-brief at the end of the session (two hours in total – child only case)
  • Further sessions of observation are available on request
  • Following completion of 3 sessions of observation (6 hours in total) it may be possible to offer opportunities for co-working (but not leading mediation) – this would be subject to approval by our Service Manager and our Professional Practise Consultant (PPC).

These sessions are aimed at offering an opportunity to gain experience and confidence to practice.  This could be prior to starting and/or during the portfolio/accreditation process.  It provides the opportunity to observe different mediation styles and techniques as practised by our accredited family mediators who are drawn from a range of different backgrounds.

We do have to charge a fee for providing this service in order to cover the costs of our mediator’s time.  This fee amounts to £50/hour.

Applicants should email their CV, name of PPC and a copy of their PI insurance certificate. Similarly, if you would like to receive any further information, then please contact Gordon at gordon@wyfms.co.uk

 


 

WEST YORKSHIRE FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICE – SEEKING FMC ACCREDITED FAMILY MEDIATORS

www.wyfms.co.uk

The West Yorkshire Family Mediation Service is looking to expand capacity and is therefore seeking FMC accredited family mediators in a sessional, part time, contract and full time capacity.

We are a family mediation service providing both private and funded services across West Yorkshire from our Bradford and Leeds offices.

If you are seeking employment in the area, whether it be on a regular basis, from as little as one day a week or possibly you are self employed and interested in contract work on an informal basis as and when required then please contact us for more details.

We are contactable via email:  gordon@wyfms.co.uk or telephone 01274 730 115

 


 

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Mediation – Standards Launch - 23rd May 2018

The College of Mediators and Civil Mediation Council are delighted to announce, with the support of the Department for Education, the introduction of standards for SEND mediation. The standards were created, using examples of best practice, by a working group from the SEND mediation field, including Global Mediation, KIDS, Prime Resolution, Steve Hindmarsh Ltd and Trust Together.

This development will see the College of Mediators and Civil Mediation Council accredit SEND mediation training courses and mediators. The accreditation will be done through the formation of a panel of SEND mediation assessors who will review and approve applications. Applications for people to join the panel are now open (this will close on 25th June 2018 and successful applicants will be informed by 2nd July 2018).

The College of Mediators and Civil Mediation Council will also operate a joint register of SEND mediators (who have met the new required standards) which can be referred to by local authorities and other commissioners of SEND mediation. The register will go live from 2nd July 2018.

Anyone interested in these developments – applying for accreditation or becoming a panel assessor – can contact either admin@collegeofmediators.co.uk or applications@civilmediation.org to register their interest. The new standards are available to download below.

SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION

 


 

Cross Border Family Mediation

Cross Border Family Mediators http://www.crossbordermediator.eu/, which includes several College of Mediators members, has produced a wonderful short film to publicise the work of family mediators working in cross border cases. The video is available in various languages. Here is the English version; please share it with your colleagues and anyone who may be interested to know more about cross border mediation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3REL8zwnoXE