A leading association of family lawyers has hailed a new set of standards for mediators.
Launched by the Family Mediation Council (FMC), the new rules mean there will be one accreditation standard, which all mediators will have to work towards.
Resolution chief executive Colin Jones said “a high common standard across mediation organisations is critical” and urged members to make the framework a success.
He said: “As 2015 is a transition year, we need your help to refine this work.
“The aim of the new FMC’s accreditation process is to provide a clearer picture to the public of what family mediation is, how it works and promote public confidence through standards.
“The new framework will also make the accreditation process more straightforward for family mediators, as it provides for one accreditation process for all mediators.
“Resolution is a member of the FMC and has worked closely with the Council and other member organisations to develop the framework and to ensure that your views were represented to make the accreditation process fair, workable and in line with your practice.
“The government has now made it clear that the primary duty of the FMC is to protect the public and that accreditation and the standards framework must be open, transparent and easily understood.”
He went on to urge all members to tell the FMC what is working, what is not working and to make suggestions for improvements.
He added: “We will continue to work with the FMC and seek feedback from Resolution members on the standards framework over the coming months.
“Despite the inevitable teething issues I believe this is ultimately a very positive development for mediation and Resolution’s members, and will go a long way towards increasing public confidence and uptake in the process.”