MIAMs and the non-accredited mediator. Most professions have some sort of quality mark to differentiate those practitioners who have demonstrated their training and quality of practice to a board of their peers. The idea behind accreditation is simple: Ensure the buying public are receiving a quality service, and that the good name of that particular profession is kept safe.
This is as true for airline pilots as it is for doctors and lawyers. It is also true for those who call themselves Family Mediators. The Family Mediation Council have introduced a unified accreditation system to ensure that the rise in couples who are seeking to save time, money and heartache as they progress through the already difficult process of divorce receive the same standard of service (as much as it is possible to ensure) across all mediation services.
The first step in family mediation is the Mediation Information Assessment Meeting, or MIAM. This important meeting is designed to allow your mediator to gain a better understanding of you and your family’s needs, as well as to help you better understand how your mediator can assist you during this difficult time.
Importantly, the MIAM is a requirement of the court for those who may need the Court’s assistance at a later date. The Family Mediation Council, in accordance with Government wishes have introduced an accreditation scheme that ensures that the mediator you meet with, is able to sign off on court documents and has the skills and training to do so. If your mediator is NOT Family Mediation Council accredited, he or she CANNOT perform a MIAM.
It is true that non-accredited mediators can meet with you and explain how they may be able to assist you, but if you later require an official document to demonstrate to the Court that you have attempted mediation but that is has broken down for any reason, then non-accredited mediators need to take your documentation to a Family Mediation Council accredited mediator and ask them to sign off on everything for them. This, as I’m sure you can imagine doesn’t work that well in practice because the Family Mediation Council accredited mediator won’t have the personal experience of you or your situation, and has to have the entire situation explained to them by the mediator seeking assistance.
At New Landscape Mediation all of our mediators are Family Mediation Council Accredited. If you would like more information about MIAMs and the non-accredited mediator, or would like to attend a MIAM with a Family Mediation Council accredited mediator, please call our offices on 01279 211 657 for a fully confidential, no-obligation discussion of your needs.