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



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



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: