Child inclusive mediation
Swain & Co Family mediation service offering child inclusive mediation: Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey
Children are often major casualties of family disputes, divorce and separation.
They have to deal with emotions and feelings that are not only hard to understand, but difficult to put into words.
The lost voice
Children may feel that they have divided loyalties, wishing to please both parents which can often leave you feeling confused by conflicting stories.
The law states that when parents are making decisions affecting children, wherever possible the wishes, views and feelings of those children should be heard and taken into account.
At Swain & Co Family Mediation Service our mediators are trained to consult children on family issues, if you both agree to it, through child inclusive mediation.
The aim is to give your children a voice, but ultimately the decision making process resides with you.
Child inclusive mediation consultations
Child inclusive mediation consultations are designed to run alongside your mediation with the objective of helping your children to talk about what is important to them without the worry of retribution or causing harm to you or your ex-partner.
We will only consult your children with the written consent of both parents.
Child inclusive mediation consultations are carried out in a safe and confidential environment. Feedback will only be given to you with your child’s consent.
Your children will not be asked for decisions on future parenting arrangements and we will not force them to discuss any issues they do not wish to. We aim to find out how your children are coping and help them to understand all the changes that are happening in their lives.
They will be able to openly and honestly communicate with the mediator and only what they wish to be fed back to their parents will be, otherwise it is completely confidential, unless we feel children could be at risk as a result of what they have disclosed.