Child Inclusive Mediation lets the children of separating parents give their views on matters regarding them in a safe, private setting. When parents are preoccupied with disagreements about how to share their parenting, the voice of the child is sometimes not heard. Child Inclusive Mediation is an independent way of getting the voice of the child in the room to help the parents reach a solution that takes into account the interests of all parties.
Child Inclusive Mediation Lawyers
Linda Hunter, Head of Family at Rowlinsons Solicitor is an -accredited family mediator and qualified to provide child inclusive mediation. Family mediation can be a cost-effective solution enabling you to make informed decisions that are right for your circumstances, your future, and your family.
The Child Inclusive Mediators at Rowlinsons are qualified professionals, who pride themselves on a friendly approach to all Alternative Family Dispute Resolution cases. We are Law Society and Resolution Specialists, and Family Mediation Council Accredited Mediators. We pride ourselves on our expertise in helping separating families, whatever their situation.
We aim to achieve resolutions quickly and amicably. when parents separate, these cases can become complicated, and being able to maintain a good relationship with your child or children and your ex-partner can make a huge impact.
Our Family Law Solicitors in Cheshire are based in our offices in Frodsham and Sutton Weaver. We are recognised as one of the leading teams of Divorce Solicitors in Cheshire, and regularly help clients throughout the Northwest region including St Helens, Widnes, Warrington, Chester, and Northwich. We are able to act for clients right across England and Wales, so talk to our team today.
Contact us for an initial no-obligation call or click here for a call back. We also have meeting facilities in Colwyn Bay and Mold for Family clients.
What is Child Inclusive Mediation?
Child Inclusive Mediation is a branch of Family Mediation for children of divorcing or separating couples. It is a way to help parents attain useful feedback to better inform the arrangements for their children. It can form part of the mediation process and is an option that will be discussed with you by your mediator.
The role of mediation is to help parents make the best plan for their children following separation or divorce. Child Inclusive Mediation involves setting up a meeting between your child or children and a specialist mediator. This gives them the chance to talk to an impartial, sympathetic professional about their feelings, hopes and wishes regarding their situation.
This allows the child to give their views on the proposals and arrangements you are talking about in mediation. The child should not feel they need to take sides, especially if there is a difference of opinion between the parents. It is not for the child to make decisions about the arrangements being considered, but Child Inclusive Mediation can be helpful to hear from the children so the parents can make informed decisions.
The idea behind Child Inclusive Mediation
The guiding principle behind Child Inclusive Mediation is that children have the right to a say on matters that affect them. Even though it’s the responsibility of the parents to make plans and decisions, the child deserves to be heard.
Children like to share their opinions and feelings. It helps them feel respected and valued and any feedback they choose to offer helps inform your plans.
What are the rights of the child?
Child Inclusive Mediation is aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which emphasises that children have the right to be consulted in matters which affect them.
Children over the age of ten years old should be made aware of their right to speak to a child inclusive mediator. Either parent has the authority to exercise a veto on this and child inclusive mediation can only go ahead where both parents agree.