Family mediation is a regulated profession which has been around in the UK for over forty years. Historically, part of what was referred to as ‘ADR’ (Alternative Dispute Resolution), but family mediation is now part of the mainstream and not so alternative. Judges and Government expect and encourage mediation because, along with mediators and those who have mediated previously, they know it really works.
If you don’t come from one of those backgrounds but feel passionately that you would be a good family mediator, read on. The FMA is a multi-disciplinary community and positively welcomes applicants from other professions. Our ‘discretionary route’ is available for candidates who can demonstrate that their professional experience means they are as suitable as the professionals listed above.
It is very important to have a family mediation profession which is open to the widest range of people possible; including people whose first language is not English, people who have issues with processing or producing written materials. Our goal is to work with every candidate and trainee to explore with them what might be needed for them.
As a membership organisation representing mediators, the FMA is committed to the principles of Equality and Diversity. Our Equality and Diversity statement available is available on request.
Eligibility is not the only important consideration. In FMA’s experience, it is extremely difficult for someone to train as a family mediator whilst going through divorce or separation themselves. Knowing what it is like to have gone through divorce or separation may be valuable as a family mediator, but we believe that actually going through divorce or separation while training makes it much harder to become a family mediator. Trainees going through divorce and separation have found it very stressful to discuss some topics on the course. They can also find it difficult to be as objective as they need to be about the mediation process and the needs of other families, which may not match their own. We ask anyone who has been through a divorce or separation recently to wait a while before applying.