The Family Mediation Council has announced its strategy for
professional self-regulation, a new system of accreditation and a public
register of practising family mediators
As part of its drive to ensure high standards among family
mediators and to reflect the pivotal role of mediation in the family justice
system, the Family Mediation Council
(FMC) has announced that the work
of the Family Mediation Standards Board
(FMSB) is now underway and the central
registration of practising mediators established.
The FMSB is an independent standards and regulatory body
under the umbrella of the FMC and is chaired by Robert Creighton, a retired NHS
Chief Executive and former civil servant. The Board is composed of three family
mediators and three independents.
Professional self-regulation of family mediators is designed
to assure the public of high standards and protection against
poor practice and provide recognition and support for registered family
At the beginning of 2015, the FMC introduced a new standards
framework with a single professional designation, FMCA (Family Mediation Council
Accredited Family Mediator), and the FMSB is implementing self-regulation within
All practising family mediators – both those who are fully
accredited and those working towards accreditation – are now able to register as
professionals via the FMSB and be placed on the new FMC Register. This will be
available to the public and practitioners alike via the FMC website from
November 2015. The FMC Register will enable members of the public to seek a
family mediator practising to high standards while also providing national
networking opportunities for family mediation practitioners.
Robert Creighton, Chair of the Family Mediation Standards
'I am delighted to take the Chair of the FMSB at its
inception. The Board has an essential role to play in the assurance and
development of the family mediation profession, which is an increasingly
significant element in the family justice system. It is in everyone’s interests
that professional self-regulation should be effective and forward-looking,
reinforcing public confidence in the role and contribution of family mediators.
The establishment of a central register of family mediators is the fulcrum of
the profession’s commitment to self-regulation.'