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Education and mediation: Listening to children and helping families when parents separate

As a teacher, you work with parents every day. Many of those parents 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; parents may also need to discuss property and finances.

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

This webinar provides information on some of the resources and services that are available for families when parents separate.

Watch the recording.

Your speakers
Leah Caldwell is a Director of Mediation First, one of the UK’s largest family mediation providers and winner of the National Mediation Award for Legal Aid Provider of the Year 2022. Leah trained as a Barrister in 2007 and subsequently qualified as Family Mediator in 2013. Leah is also qualified as a Child Inclusive Mediator and regularly meets with children as part of the mediation process. For Leah, the ability to work with children and help them to feel heard and, where appropriate, to share their messages with their parents, is a privilege. Leah is a trainer for the Family Mediators Association (delivering Child Inclusive Mediation training) and an active member of their Board – she is the current Treasurer, and Chair of the Complaints and Legal Aid Committee.
Dr Angharad Rudkin is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience working with children and their families and 12 years of lecturing on child psychology at the University of Southampton. In collaboration with OnlyMums and OnlyDads Angharad designed and runs the popular What About Henry? course for family law professionals. Angharad has co-authored parenting books and children’s books and was the Consultant Editor for the divorce guide ““101 questions about Separation and Divorce with children” (Bath Publishing; 2020) as well as a Covid special issue “Separation and Parenting through the Pandemic” (Bath Publishing; 2020). With children’s author Ruth Fitzgerald, Angharad wrote “The Split Survival Kit” (Wren & Rook 2022), a book for children going through parental separation. Angharad regularly appears on TV and radio as an expert on child and family issues.


James Evans is the Head of UK Professional Education at OurFamilyWizard. Having previously worked as a teacher, James joined the Family Law community over 5 years ago to introduce Family Law Practitioners around the country to OurFamilyWizard. James works with Courts, Chambers, Firms, CAFCASS, Mediators, Organisations and Charities to help parents with their communication. James is a member of the APPG on Family Separation, the East Sussex Resolution committee, the Family Dispute Solutions Group, the Family Law Language Project, The Parents Promise Alliance, The Family Mediation Week committee and is the chair of Support Through Court’s Family Ambassadors Board. James has been shortlisted for over 10 awards for his contribution to Innovation and Championing of supporting separated families, and recently won the Working in Collaboration Award at Resolutions 2023 Family Law Awards and the Innovation of the Year Award at the LexisNexis Family Law Awards.