The majority of professional mediators are legally trained and many continue to practise as solicitors or barristers in Family Law. They therefore have a thorough understanding of the legal system and are familiar with the way the courts operate. Regardless of their legal experience, each family mediator must undergo a rigorous training with a Family Mediation Council accredited training organisation that is a member of an officially recognised body such as the Family Mediators’ Association, Resolution, ADR Group, The Law Society, National Family Mediation or The College of Mediators.
Unlike some areas of mediation that is relatively unregulated, family mediation services work to exacting standards. Once appointed, each family mediator, is assigned a Professional Practice Consultant (PPC) who acts as their supervisor/mentor throughout their career. The PPC’s role is to offer help, support and guidance to the mediator to ensure that the most impeccable, ethical and professional standards are maintained for the benefit of clients.
Mediation training and the practice of professional standards is an ongoing process for those involved in the profession and family mediators are required to regularly demonstrate that they are maintaining the exemplary professional standards expected and are keeping current with any changes in legislation.
The mediation profession is governed by the Family Mediation Council who liaise with Government and other interested parties such as the Legal Services Commission and the Ministry of Justice.
National Family Mediation Services is also a training organisation that provides structured and practical mediation training to others that wish to enter this challenging but rewarding profession. If you would like to know more about how you can become a family mediator.
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