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Family Mediation Council 

Professional standards and self-regulation

 

Family Mediation Council

 

This page contains information on the 2013-15 project to revise and strengthen the professional standards, accreditation system and other self-regulatory aspects in family mediation in England and Wales.  The page was created by Dr Stan Lester, who was the project consultant; it is not an official FMC page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The project

A project to improve standards and regulation in family mediation was initiated in 2013 following a scoping study by Stan Lester, building on the McEldowney review of the functions of the Family Mediation Council, the umbrella body for the membership organisations that represent family mediators in England and Wales.  Its purpose was to revise and strengthen the systems and procedures used for what collectively might be called self-regulation – how family mediators are trained and approved, rules for admitting currently-qualified practitioners and those from other jurisdictions, the regulations for maintaining approval (including ongoing professional development), and the rules for responding to complaints and removing approval from mediators who act unethically or incompetently.

A major issue in family mediation (and concern of the Ministry of Justice) had been the lack of a clear designation for an approved mediator.  A major purpose of the project was to produce regulations for a single qualified status, designated ‘FMC Accredited Family Mediator’ (FMCA), which is now required by mediators who want to undertake publicly-funded work or undertake and sign off initial mediation meetings (MIAMs). 

The FMC set up the Family Mediation Standards Board in 2015 as an arm’s-length body to handle matters relating to accreditation and self-regulation. 

The project was funded by the Ministry of Justice.

  Family Mediation Council

 

Articles

  Article ‘Professional organisation and self-regulation in family mediation’ (Family Law 2014)

  Monograph Association and self-regulation in smaller UK professions  includes family mediation as a case-study; this is also summarised in an article The development of self-regulation in four UK professional communitiesin Professions and Professionalism (2016).

 

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