Child Inclusive Mediation
The UK government recently made changes to policy regarding the involvement of children in court proceedings and mediation regarding them. This resulted in the Family Mediation Council amending its Code of Practice to include; “All children and young people aged 10 and above should be offered the opportunity to have their voices heard directly during the Mediation, if they wish.”
As soon as possible after the meeting with the children, with immediately being the best option, the mediator will have another meeting with the parents and will give the feedback. The mediator will not interpret or speculate on what the children have said, they will just tell the parents what the children have asked them to.
The parents will then discuss how to deal with what they have been told with the help of the mediator. As with all mediation, the CIM is confidential. It is used to inform people to help them make the best decisions for themselves and their children. It does not provide evidence for any later legal proceedings.