There are a number of reasons why being a Family Mediation Council Mediator is important. The world of Family Law is changing at a rate of knots. Budget cuts from the government mean that legal aid for divorcing couples is all but gone and budget awareness from couples means that fewer and fewer people are willing to spend their life savings on legal fees when they divorce.
The world of family law have responded to these fundamental changes in finance, by looking afresh at how they may be able to assist divorcing couples in a more cost effective manner. To be fair to the legal community, many firms have done this brilliantly, while others are good at making the right noises whilst still actually behaving the same old ways they always have.
One thing that most law firms have done however is to train at least one solicitor up as a mediator. In addition to this, literally hundreds of others: from ex social workers, to counsellors who want to earn a bit extra on the side, to just average citizens who just think they’d be good at it, have gone through the 8-day training course to earn the right to call themselves: A Mediator.
The Family Mediation Council have seen this sudden surge in new mediators hitting Google and have become concerned that there is a vast difference in the level of training and quality of work across those who practice and advertise as mediators.
In addition, until very recently it was possible to become an accredited mediator through a number of different routes of varying difficulty. This additional lack of consistency has led the Family Mediation Council to act and have begun the process of unifying the accreditation requirements across all professional bodies (both for Lawyer mediators and non-lawyer mediators alike).
Being a Family Mediation Council accredited mediator is no longer an easy thing to do.
It requires a significant amount of training (not only the first 8 days, but with a requirement to demonstrate substantial ongoing training as well), actual practice and having been observed by an Family Mediation Council accredited mediator.
At New Landscape Mediation, we are proud to be labelled as a Family Mediation Council accredited mediator.
If you would like to speak with an experienced Family Mediation Council accredited mediator, please call New Landscape Mediation on 01279 211 657 for a fully confidential, no obligation discussion of your needs.