A Midsummer Celebration of Mediation

The College of Mediators Annual Conference on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2019

The College of Mediators is delighted to announce details of its Annual Conference 2019. Taking place at Regent’s University in Regent’s Park, London on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June, it includes a range of plenary sessions and a choice of workshops across two days.

The keynote address on Friday will be given by Professor Elizabeth Stokoe and Chula Rupasinha; they will cover the topic ‘What can mediators learn from crisis negotiators?’

Friday workshops (AM & PM)

Peer Mediation in Practice – Claire Jackson (and young friends)

Producing Mediation Outcome Documents – Lorraine Bramwell

The Full Individual Child Information Model (FICI) – Adrian Wright

Mental Health and Mediation – Alison Ebbitt


On Saturday, the plenary address will be given by Carolyn Hirst; she will talk about her research ‘Being Complained About: what happens and what can be done?’ and its relevance to mediators.

Saturday workshops

The Seven Hats of Neutrality – Tony Kearney (AM & PM)

The Voice of the Elder – ‘Stop, listen; can anyone hear me?’ – Jan Coulton (AM & PM)

A Gender Understanding of Grief and its Effect on Mediation – Eric Clarkson (AM & PM)

Writing Mediation Articles for Publication – Lesley Allport (AM only)

The Role of a Parenting Co-ordinator – Working with High Conflict Separated Parents – Dominic Raeside (PM only)

There are additional plenary sessions on both days – facilitated discussions with Ewan Malcolm on Friday and Macarena Mata on Saturday.

The conference runs on Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm and on Saturday from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Lunch and refreshments are included throughout the event. There is a wine reception on Friday at 4:00pm.

The event covers 10 CPD hours for mediators – 5 on each day.



Click on the link to book online:

College member – one day - £95.00

College member – both days - £175.00

Non-College member – one day - £110.00

Non-College member – both days - £205.00

10% discount on all group bookings: if four or more people book and pay together.

10% discount for volunteer mediators.

Contact us to book discounted places:

Booking fee is non-refundable.



Editors Needed

Three years after launching, Mediation Theory and Practice is seeking a new Editor and Associate Editor.  The journal is published by Equinox in association with the College of Mediators, and publishes two issues per year of research articles, practice articles, and other shorter pieces including book reviews. We are seeking two people who would welcome the opportunity to shape the mediation theory and practice field. Potential editors should have previous academic editing experience (journals and/or books), be known for their own academic mediation research, and be able to work with the publishers, using technological editorial systems. Please write to current Editor, Elizabeth Stokoe, and College of Mediators coordinator Laura Mackey to express interest by June 14th 2019



   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 (

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: 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




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: or telephone 01274 730 115



NEW: Family Mediation Observation / Practice placement opportunities

South East London Family Mediation Bureau (SELFMB) is offering observation / practice placement and co-working opportunities in London and the South East.

Following a successful pilot, The Bureau is now able to offer tailored mediation placement packages, to meet the needs of recently trained family mediators, as follows:

  • Observe one mediation session (£162, incl. VAT).

This includes an initial consultation with the mediator and a debrief at the end of the session, (2 hours in total).

  • Further sessions of mediation observation are available upon request, at the above rate.
  • Following completion of 3 sessions of observation (i.e. 6 hours in total), it may be possible to offer opportunities for co-working, (but not lead mediating) at the above rate, subject to approval by the Service Manager.

These are aimed at offering recently trained family mediators an opportunity to gain experience and to start building confidence to practice. This could be prior to starting, or during the portfolio /   accreditation process.

It will provide an opportunity to observe different mediation styles and techniques practised by the Bureau’s eight accredited (FMCA) family mediators, who are drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds. (See )

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

The Bureau is an established and pioneering family mediation practice based in Bromley. It is proud of its collegiate ethos and supportive working environment.

Please note that our Bromley office offers out-of-hours appointments on Tuesday evenings and alternate Saturdays, which may make it easier for trainees to attend observations, if they are working.

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



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 or to register their interest. The new standards are available to download below.




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: or by post to:

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



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: