Accreditation Issues Covering the Existing APC and New FMCA Schemes

Accreditation Issues Covering the Existing APC and New FMCA Schemes

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Trainer: Dominic Raeside

From 01/01/15 all family mediators will need to achieve accreditation with the Family Mediation Council (known as the FMCA) within three years of their family mediation training.  For those mediators who trained prior to 01/01/15 they will need to submit their portfolio for assessment by 31/12/17. For those mediators able to submit their portfolio this year (by the end of 2015) mediators will be able to use the Assessment of Professional Practice (APC) otherwise the new FMCA accreditation portfolio will be required.

Following the professional standards and self-regulatory framework produced by Dr Stan Leicester in conjunction with many family mediators working in specific working groups, the FMC announced implementation of the new standards from the 01/01/15 and with it the new framework for accreditation.  This new accreditation process will become the most common vehicle for attaining FMCA status.  PPCs who may have undertaken the old competence assessment (formally assessed by the Legal Aid Board then the UK College of Family Mediators and from 2007 Family Mediation Council) need to be up to speed with helping their mediators build their portfolio.   There are a number of new requirements including an additional 10 hours PPC to support mediators through the accreditation process, PPCs observing mediators mediate and mediators observing their PPC (or another FMCA mediator) mediate.

The training day will cover both the APC and the FMCA and give practical assistance to both mediators and PPC’s as to how to build a successful portfolio. Learn about the new accreditation process from Dominic Raeside who has been  the chief assessor for the Family Mediation Council since 2007.  In addition to his role as chief assessor for the FMC Dominic was appointed as the mediator representative on the Family Justice Council in 2013.  He heads the mediation service at Family Law in Partnership, the first multidisciplinary practice in the UK and he trains both in the UK and internationally.