Family Mediation Standards Board – Ian Walker is registered to undertake assessment meetings and sign court forms
The world of family mediation is currently going through a period of change and tightening of standards.
20 years a family mediator
In 2016 I am celebrating the 20 years that have passed since I initially trained as a family mediator. At that time Family Mediation in England was pretty much unregulated. I trained with the Solicitors Family Law Association which has since become Resolution and which is one of the key organisations that make up the Family Mediation Council. I am also a member of the Law Society and the Family Mediators Association which are two other members of the Family Mediation Council. In fact – my trainers back in 1996 were Henry Brown and Felicity White who were two of the founders of the Family Mediators Association and pioneers of Family Mediation in England and Wales.
The course which I undertook was in the first round of training organised by the Solicitors Family Law Association and designed specifically for family law solicitors.
I was later on amongst the first 20 or so mediators to gain accreditation with SFLA/Resolution. I subsequently became a supervisor for other mediators and approved to be able to undertake meetings with children as part of the mediation process.
Family Mediation Standards Board
As part of the recent changes to family mediation we now have the Family Mediation Standards Board
In order to undertake Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings and to sign the relevant court forms, mediators have to be registered with the Family Mediation Standards Board.
Family Mediation Standards Board Registration
I received my application form for registration at the end of last year, which I duly sent off with the requisite fee. I have today received confirmation of my registration (slightly belatedly!). My Unique Registration Number (URN) is 0292A
The letter A records that I have accredited (FMCA status). FMCA being Family Mediation Council accredited.
Only mediators with the correct registration can sign Court Forms
For the avoidance of doubt, only mediators with a registration number ending in ‘A’ or ‘P’ (Provisional accreditation) can sign court forms. When I sign court forms I now need to add FMCA 0292A as confirmation that it is me who has signed the form.
The courts should start to reject application forms which are not signed by a mediator with the proper credentials.
Therefore, if you are seeking a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting – make sure that you see a mediator like me who has the proper registration credentials with the Family Mediation Standards Board.
I am not aware of any other Mediator who has FMCA status and who is registered with the Family Mediation Standards Board who is based in East Devon. I am based in Honiton but also cover Exeter and Taunton.
Our current charges for Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings are £100 plus VAT to include me signing the relevant court form.