You can use the resources from this page to help show your support for family mediation week, through social media, press releases, writing to your MP or using the Family Mediation Week logo.
Our Family Wizard Webinar
As part of Family Mediation Week 2021 our sponsors Our Family Wizard ran a free online webinar to showcase their app aimed at solving some of the challenges of co-parenting. If you missed it the first time around you can catch up here!
The Rights Idea? is a collaboration between the University of Exeter, the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) outlining young people’s rights when parents separate. This video outlines Tom’s experience of meeting the mediator.
Children’s Voices – Patrick Myers
Transforming relationships and relationship transitions with and for the next generation: The Healthy Relationship Transitions (HeaRT) Project
Meeting the wise old whelk – Sarah Manning
On Tuesday, the Family Mediation Council launched a mock mediation, with FMCA Mediator Elaine Richardson and two actors who play the role of the parents. This is an excellent resource to share with other professionals who are keen to know more about what actually happens in a mediation session. This will be an excellent resource to share with other professionals who are keen to know more about what actually happens in a mediation session.
Please do spread the word and let people know about this!
How can different professionals help to support the family mediation process? Louisa Whitney
The benefits of mediation from a Solicitor’s perspective – Sophie Dodds
Time to think again – HHJ Stephen Wildblood QC
Daisy through the looking glass
“Daisy through the looking glass”, written by Stephen Wildblood, shows, in a reverse chronology, the tale of Dave and Maggie, who have a child Daisy. The play starts when Maggie and Dave, both full of regret and sadness, meet 20 years after a court case in which Dave was refused contact with Daisy. It then moves back in time, through the anger of the aftermath of the court case twenty years earlier, to the court case itself. After the court case, Daisy (speaking to them from the future) appears and tells them how much damage they have caused her. The story moves on to show how the relationship between Maggie and Dave deteriorated before passing on to the time when they loved each other and had their baby, Daisy. The play ends at the time that they met, a young and attractive couple. The play will be of interest to those who have an interest in issues relating to the parents maintaining contact with their children and the causes of separation. It will be of particular interest to lawyers who practice in private law, social workers, students, charity workers, CAFCASS officers and social observers. The issues in this play, and the language used, means that this play is not suitable for anyone under the age of 16. Dave – Danann McAleer Maggie – Emily Brazenell Daisy – Lily Maryon Judge – Nicholas Sproull This play was performed to raise awareness of the work of the charity One25. Please visit their website ( https://one25.org.uk ) to find out more. This play has been performed previously to support the essential work of the Henleaze contact centre in Bristol – they strive tirelessly to help the children of separated couples to maintain a relationship with both parents. Please visit their website: https://bristolchildcontactcentre.org.uk © Stephen Wildblood
How Might a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting Help Me? Angela Lake-Carroll and Alexis Walker
Family Mediation Week 2021 Virtual Launch
On Monday 18th January launched Family Mediation Week 2021 with bang! John Taylor, Chair of the Family Mediation Council hosted the event with Angela Lake-Carroll and Helen Adam and messages of support from Minister Alex Chalk MP and Mrs Justice Theis, the senior Family Division Liaison Judge.
A Message of Support from Alex Chalk MP, Minister of Justice
Debunking myths about family mediation – Karen Barham
Top tips for tweeting and getting #familymediationweek trending – Louisa Whitney
Tailor this template to include details of your mediation service, copy and paste it in to the body of an e-mail with the subject ‘Press Release – Family Mediation Week: helping separated families know which way to turn‘ and e-mail it to your local paper and radio station, to raise awareness of family mediation in your area.
Use this template to write to your local MP, to see if you can gain their support for Family Mediation Week.
Invite family professionals to join mediators at a virtual coffee morning to ask questions about mediation – and to watch the mock mediation too – download a template invitation.
Download the Family Mediation Week logos to use on your social media accounts or any material promoting Family Mediation Week, by right clicking on the image and clicking ‘Save Image’.
The Rock Pool Sos – Polly Walker
Our Family Wizard Resource Kit
Our sponsors, Our Family Wizard have produced a Resource Kit which you can download below. It explains all about their App and how you might use it with the families you work with.