At Devon Family Solutions Ltd we offer Child Inclusive mediation. Direct consultation with children involves a family mediator, who is trained as a child consultant, talking with a child or children as a result of issues raised in mediation regarding children’s arrangements. We have mediators who are highly trained specialists in direct consultation with children.
During the course of mediation, it may be suggested by parents, or a child may ask to be involved in the mediation process. It is important that parents understand the views, needs and desires of their children and involving them in direct consultation may be the appropriate way forward. Children like to be informed and they appreciate having their views and options heard but not to be responsible for the overall decision.
Involving children in mediation can be very complex and a great deal of preparation is needed before a mediator can speak to a child of the family. Different considerations may apply according the age and maturity of the child.
Direct consultation with a child means that the child is talking face to face with the mediator separately and in complete confidentiality from anyone else including their parents. In many instances, children wish some of their views to be fed back into the decision-making process and this will be facilitated with their permission.