Guest talk on family mediation

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University of Bedfordshire

Vicarage Street

Lecture Theatre G101

Luton

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Speaker: Amel Ketani, BPP University

Mediation is a form of intervention in which a third party – the mediator – assists the parties to a dispute to negotiate over the issues which divide them. The mediator has no stake in the dispute, and is not identified with any of the competing interests involved. The mediator has no power to impose a settlement on the parties, who retain authority for making their own decisions. In every mediation, the interests and needs of the parties tend to be the focus of the mediator and the participants. However with family mediation, an additional interest and need has to be considered and that is the one that belongs to the children. Also many other participants who are physically absent during the family mediation, such as grandparents and new partners, sometimes have to be included in the overall outcome and agreement of the family mediation. The presence of multiple participants makes family mediation unique in its complexity, and more challenging to mediate to a resolution.

This talk aims to consider whether or not it is best to include children in family mediation. The advantages and disadvantages of child-inclusive mediation will also be considered along with the role of the mediator in this context. This talk will demonstrate that family mediators need to be aware of the children’s wishes and concerns and that there are different ways family mediators can approach and implement this.

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