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.