Child Inclusive Mediation Awareness and Understanding Day

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Trainer: Angela Lake-Carroll
Trainer: Suzy Power

Following the recommendations of the Voice of the Child Dispute Resolution Advisory Group, the FMC and Family Mediation Standards Board have recently approved the new standards for child inclusive mediation.

21 January 2020 – London

As part of the introduction of the child inclusive mediation model, all mediators who are not trained in the Direct Consultation with Children (DCC) model are required to complete an Awareness and Understanding Day to introduce the outline of – and standards for – child inclusive practice for the future.

This is an interactive day with opportunities to:

  • Be informed about child inclusive mediation, how to raise this with parents and how this works for children
  • Consider how to build this into your own practice
  • Have an opportunity to consider and to practice the knowledge and skills required

Please note: If you are a mediator who has already trained in DCC practice, there is an update day specifically for practitioners and PPCs who provide consultancy to the current DCC practitioners

If you are a mediator who is planning to train in Child Inclusive Mediation (to meet with children and young people directly), you must have completed this Awareness and Understanding Day before applying for and attending training.

If you’re not sure which course you need to attend, please see our flowchart.


9.00 – 9.30 Registration and refreshments
9.30 – 9.50 Introduction and outline of the day
9.50 – 10.10 What are your worries and concerns as mediators when considering how to approach parents regarding their children talking to a practitioner (small group discussions)
10.10 – 11.00 Understanding the philosophy and principles the importance of children having a voice

  • What are the worries and fears of the parents?
  • What might be the hopes and fears of a child?
  • How to manage confidences and unexpected responses?
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee
11.15 – 12.00 The range of practice models for mediators to talk with children  

  • Building confidence of practitioners to speak to parents.
  • Importance of seeing this as a family matter.
  • Using language, acknowledgment and questions effectively
12.00 – 13.00 Role play followed by group feedback and discussion
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30 What warning signs might indicate concerns around seeing a child?

  • Safeguarding matters and scenarios.
  • Appropriateness: How might practitioners respond if parents raise the prospect of the child speaking to a practitioner but the mediator does not feel it’s appropriate?
14.30 – 15.00 Contacting a child to set up a meeting, how the process works
15.00 – 15.15 Tea
15.15 – 16.15 Case scenarios
16.15 – 16.45 Age related concerns, involvement of siblings
16.45 – 17.30 Questions and close
17.30 End of day


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