News/Events

 

Mediator Vacancy Relate London North West & Herts

Relate London North West and Herts is seeking a sessional FMCA mediator to work across North West London and Northern Herts on a self-employed basis.  Mediators will receive a % of the total revenue for the case plus supervision and annual CPD.

Our mediation Service has been established for over 25 years and also offers in-court mediation, homeless housing mediation and some civil work.

For more information please email nicola.cunniffe@relate.org.uk

 


 

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

 


 

Accredited Family Mediator
Locations: Wellingborough, Northampton and Milton Keynes

Family Law Group Ltd is an established legal practice specialising in all areas of family law. An
opportunity has arisen for an experienced and accredited Family Mediator to join our team.
This is a specialist role within our Mediation Department and it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to conduct Legal Aid and private mediation in both children and financial mediation cases.
We are looking for a Mediator who is able to think creatively, put their clients' interests first and are not
afraid of a challenge. We offer a full range of family law services and to assist with this, are fully
committed to ensuring our Mediators and Solicitors receive the best training available throughout their
career with us.
To be successful in the role, you will possess strong communication skills and have a professional client
facing manner.
The role is part-time on a consultancy basis, so working patterns can be flexible around client
appointments. There will be an element of travel involved as the role will cover client mediation
throughout our Midlands and Home Counties offices.
This is the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to enhance existing family mediation experience
and have the opportunity to work within a vibrant and busy mediation team.
If you are interested, please send your CV to: mail@familylawgroup.co.uk or by post to:

Amanda Brown,
Family Law Group, St Nicholas Court, 25-27 Castle Gate, Nottingham, NG1 7AR.

 



 

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 http://www.selfmb.org.uk/the-team/  

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’. http://www.selfmb.org.uk/about/history/

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 andrew.sims@selfmb.org.uk  

*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.

 


 

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