Mediator Placement Scheme at the South East London Family Mediation Bureau (SELFMB)

South East London Family Mediation Bureau (SELFMB) is pleased to announce details of its Mediator Practice Placement Scheme.

SELFMB is a long established and pioneering family mediation service, with a collegiate ethos and a supportive mediation and administrative team.

The Service is offering a time-limited placement for observing (and in some cases, co-working) for 10 hours of mediation. It is designed to provide opportunities to increase experience and confidence to practise for recently trained mediators who are working towards their accreditation.*

This placement will provide an opportunity to observe different mediation styles and techniques practised by the Bureau’s 10 accredited (FMCA) family mediators, who are drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds, including family lawyers (both barristers and solicitors), academics, child counsellors, psychologists, social workers and family therapists. See  

The placement will also provide an opportunity to learn more about and observe the ‘Bromley model’ of mediation. See link to Marian Roberts’ article, ‘Hearing both sides: structural safeguards for protecting fairness in family mediation’.

The placement will include the opportunity for a brief at the start and a debrief at the end of each session, be it a MIAM (1 hour), a joint MIAM (1.5 hours), or a mediation session (2 hours).

The placement is expected to be completed within approximately 4 weeks. Please note that out-of-hours appointments are available on Tuesday evenings and some Saturday mornings.

Participants will be encouraged to keep a reflective log to record their observations and will be issued with a signed Certificate from the SELFMB to confirm participation in the programme and completion of 10 hours of case observation / experience.

The terms are set out in a Mediator Practice Placement Agreement (available upon request).

The charge for the placement is £840.00, including VAT.

Applicants are invited to send their CV, name of PPC and copy of PI insurance certificate to Andrew Sims, Service Manager, at  

*Please note that the latest post-training requirements from the FMC state that ‘Before starting to mediate, [the mediator] either observes or co-mediates in a mediation session conducted by an FMCA mediator..’. The SELFMB placement programme comfortably exceeds this requirement of one session and restores it to its previous level (10 hours).

Please also note, the Bureau cannot supervise preparation of the participant’s portfolio for FMCA accreditation, nor will it be possible to use any case observed or co-worked in the 10 hour placement for purposes of the participant’s portfolio. It may be possible, however, to refer to observed cases in the reflective account.



Herts Young Homeless is recruiting mediation and prevention workers to join their team based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Closing date is Monday 30th October 2017.

For full details please see their website (links below).



August 2017 - Family Matters have two places available on their innovative mediator traineeship scheme. This is following two trainee mediators submitting their portfolios and one being on the point of submission.

Places are available for people who have successfully completed their Mediation Foundation Training and who wish to qualify for Family Mediation Council Accreditation (FMCA).

Applicants must be able to travel to our Doncaster Office at least monthly for supervision and weekly for casework.

Please contact Alison McIlroy by email for details or call 01302369688.



Focus Mediation seeks family mediator with or without FMC accreditation to train and work in established thriving specialist mediation company working initially from Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton

We are seeking highly committed family mediators or family lawyers wanting to switch to family mediation as a career choice. You must have completed or be about to complete your Foundation Training with an FMC approved Member Organisation such as:

  • College of Mediators
  • Family Mediators Association (FMA)
  • Resolution
  • ADR Group
  • The Law Society
  • National Family Mediation (NFM)

Remuneration: To be discussed

Person specification:

You will be looking for a career in specialist family mediation work and you will want to build your future as a mediator with us.

  • If you have your FMC portfolio you will still be inducted into our way of working
  • If you do not have your FMC portfolio we are able to train you and put you through your portfolio IF you are suited to mediation
  • You will have to have an aptitude for mediation – not everyone does. However of the trainees we have selected who made it with us through the portfolio all eight have passed

Please contact: Nicole Hobbs

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2017



Cross Border Family Mediation

Cross Border Family Mediators, 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: