A question commonly asked by parents:-
Can my children be included in mediation?
The answer is yes.
Child Inclusive Mediation (CIM), sometimes referred to as Direct Child Consultation (DCC) provides an opportunity for children and young people to have their voices heard directly during the process of family mediation. This is to help children feel respected and listened to, and, at their request, to assist parents to receive, understand and take account of their messages and/or suggestions regarding decisions and arrangements being made for them.
CIM can only take place if both parents consent and if the child wishes to take part in the process. If including your children in the process is considered to be appropriate, the Mediator will discuss this with you in more detail to explain the process which is dealt with carefully and sensitively, and with certain conditions being agreed.
Mediators have to be trained to deal with CIM and be enhanced CRB checked. Here at Winstanley Mediation we can offer this service.