Aims, Mission Statement and Beliefs
The aims of the Family Mediators Association are:
- to help families in dispute find and make use of high quality family mediation services;
- to provide a home, a community and a voice for professional family mediators from all backgrounds, working within an interdisciplinary and flexible model of family mediation;
- to support and educate mediators, especially our members, in their provision of professional and sensitive assistance to families in dispute, ensuring that children’s voices are heard;
- to lead the family mediation profession nationally.
Our current priorities are:
- to gain recognition for family mediation as a distinct and independent profession;
- to promote family mediation as the first step in resolving family disputes;
- to implement the regulation of the family mediation profession and to promote best practice;
- to engage our members in an active and supportive community of family mediators.
Our long-term mission is:
- to help people in England and Wales to find FMA mediators who work to recognised standards;
- to educate the public and other professionals about mediation, and to promote the values and practice of mediation;
- to provide consultancy and affordable training to family mediators, our fellow family justice and other professionals;
- to continue to develop a robust and flexible interdisciplinary model of family mediation that adapts to meet the needs of families in dispute;
- to help family mediators provide sensitive and professional assistance to families in dispute;
- to continue to develop standards for and to support our members in their provision of professional family mediation services.
We believe that:
- everyone should be given the best opportunity possible to find out about resolving their immediate and extended family disputes in a co-operative way;
- mediators must be able to provide a variety of services to meet ever more complex and entrenched family legal disputes, and must have a commitment to ensuring that the voice of the child is heard;
- mediation often works best in partnership with lawyers and other professionals, especially in difficult cases;
- mediation is a creative process, involving not only legal knowledge and expertise but also a commitment to co-operation and collaboration;
- mediation gives priority to inclusivity and respecting difference, and a family mediation organisation should do the same;
- family and other forms of mediation are part of a growing worldwide movement to resolve conflicts in a co-operative way.