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FMC and professional self-regulation

The Family Mediation Council announces its strategy for professional self-regulation, a new system of accreditation and a public register of practising family mediators


As part of its drive to ensure high standards amongst family mediators and to reflect the pivotal role of mediation in the family justice system, the Family Mediation Council (FMC) is pleased to announce that the work of the Family Mediation Standards Board (FMSB) is now under way and the central registration of practising mediators established.

The FMSB is an independent standards and regulatory body under the umbrella of the FMC and is chaired by Robert Creighton, a retired NHS Chief Executive and former civil servant. The Board is composed of three family mediators and three independents.

Professional self-regulation of family mediators is designed to:

  • assure the public of high standards and protection against poor practice
  • provide recognition and support for registered family mediators

At the beginning of 2015 the FMC introduced a new standards framework with a single professional designation, FMCA (Family Mediation Council Accredited Family Mediator) and the FMSB is implementing self-regulation within that Framework.

All practising family mediators – both those who are fully accredited and those working towards accreditation – are now able to register as professionals via the FMSB and be placed on the new FMC Register. This will be available to the public and practitioners alike via the FMC website from November 2015. The FMC Register will enable members of the public to seek a family mediator practising to high standards whilst also providing national networking opportunities for family mediation practitioners.

 Robert Creighton, Chair of the Family Mediation Standards Board, says:

 “I am delighted to take the Chair of the FMSB at its inception. The Board has an essential role to play in the assurance and development of the family mediation profession, which is an increasingly significant element in the family justice system. It is in everyone’s interests that professional self-regulation should be effective and forward-looking, reinforcing public confidence in the role and contribution of family mediators. The establishment of a central register of family mediators is the fulcrum of the profession’s commitment to self-regulation.”

About the Family Mediation Council

The Family Mediation Council promotes best practice in family mediation, ensuring the public can access high quality mediation provided by family mediators who meet the standards set out by the FMSB.

The FMC is made up of six national family mediation organisations in England and Wales.

Notes to editors

The FMC Register will be available on the FMC website in November 2015.

For further information, contact Sarah Lloyd, FMC Director at director@familymediationcouncil.org.uk

For press information, please contact Genevieve Fox, Communications Consultant on 07973 300276 or email gfox@familymediationcouncil.org.uk

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