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An introduction to mediation for social workers

As a social worker, you work with a wide range of people with individual needs and circumstances. Many families will have separated and will need to make arrangements for their children (such as where they will live or when/how often they will see different family members) or discuss property and finances.

Making these arrangements isn’t easy, and people often do not know where to turn to help them sort things out. Family mediation can help.

In this Family Mediation Week webinar, FMCA Accredited Mediators Lucy Osafo and Sally Stokes explain what family mediation is and how it can help families.

Watch the recording.

Your speakers
Sally Stokes is an Accredited Family Mediator having completed her training in 2017.  She is a member of the FMA. Sally is also an Independent Qualified Social Worker. Throughout her career, Sally has seen how parental separation can impact on children when parents who are in conflict cannot work together in moving forward. She has also seen the reverse of this when parents have been willing to adjust to a co-parenting relationship, with children being at the focus and centre of all their decision making.​ Listening to children’s views and wishes and giving them an opportunity to have a voice in mediation is something that she advocates and promotes as a Child Inclusive Mediator.
Lucy Osafo is an Accredited Family Mediator and practicing Family Solicitor. She is a member of the FMA. Lucy has worked with social workers and CAFCASS officers within the court system and is aware of some of the pressures involved. Lucy’s specialism is within conflict resolution, problem solving and communication and is keen to equip families within mediation with tools to encourage collaboration and resolve.