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Dear Mum and Dad . . .

An email from Jack aged 13 to his parents for New Years Day 2017. Dear Mum and Dad, I am sending this email to you both. I never see you together now, so this is the only way to speak …

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So Mum and Dad broke up . . .

Family mediator Scott C Docherty, who is based in Dumbarton in Scotland, has very generously allowed us to include this video as part of Family Mediation Week. Our message, like Scott’s is that mediation can help families to put the children …

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So why should children be involved in mediation?

I have been thinking about the many reasons that separating parents in mediation should be encouraged to give their children an opportunity to talk about how they’re feeling. Giving children a voice in mediation allows the parents to make decisions from …

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3 Top Tips for Parents – from someone speaking from experience

Emily Morris 23 is a Fixer. She is also in her final year of her law degree at The University of York. Emily’s parents are divorced. This process began whilst Emily was an A-Level student living at home. Emily found …

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Please Listen

John Bell of the Iona Community spoke recently on BBC4’s Thought for the Day about the importance of families having meals together, talking about their day and listening to each other. This sounds like a simple prescription, yet as John …

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Don’t Listen to Us!

This video, created in partnership with charity Voices in the Middle, features young people explaining (sarcastically) why there’s no point in listening to them. We hope you will anyway!

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My parents’ separation would have been less upsetting for everyone if my parents had known about mediation

 I was chatting to my new hairdresser (Mandy, 23). She asked me what I do for a living – “I try to help separating and divorcing families talk through some of the upset and conflict and help sort out arrangements …

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When you shouted . . .

This video was created in partnership with charity Voices in the Middle, and features a poem based on lines contributed by young people describing what it feels like to be shouted at. You can find Voices in the Middle on Twitter …

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Mediation is a Better Way

I have chosen to share this part of my story because I believe that separation is a moment of absolute crisis. How we cope and work through that crisis shapes us and our children. When everything feels out of control …

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A Better Way – Family Mediation

In these two videos Ashley Palmer shares with us her experience of childhood conflict and explains how family mediation might have helped her.    

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