Resources for Separated Parents

Tom’s Story

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

Mock Mediation

On Tuesday, the Family Mediation Council will be launching a mock mediation.  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.

The mock mediation session will be available here from 10am on Tuesday 19th January – please do spread the word and let people know about this!

How can different professionals help to support the family mediation process? Louisa Whitney

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 ( ) 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: © Stephen Wildblood

How Might a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting Help Me? Angela Lake-Carroll and Alexis Walker

Debunking myths about family mediation – Karen Barham

Top Tips for Separated Parents

Produced by the Family Justice Young People’s Board, these top tips come straight from the mouths of children and young people with experience of family law proceedings. They have devised these top tips for parents to help them think about things from a child’s perspective.

Improving handovers for children of separated parents By Ashley Palmer and Leigh Moriaty, the Handover Book

“It’s just so lovely to see my parents smile again and I’m sure they think the same about us kids.” Written by Sian (Voices in the Middle)

Amongst all the heartache and anger, there is fear! Anne Braithwaite, Chair and Treasurer of The Family Mediators Association

Chloe’s Story

This short video tells the story of Chloe, a teenager struggling to adjust after her parents’ separation. It highlights the benefits of young people working with family mediators to ensure that their voices are heard and their needs are met in the process of separation.