Lord McNally tells mediators to seize their chance
“My message to you as practitioners and supervisors is simple – your time is now. You now have a once in a generation opportunity to raise the profile of your profession, as a single and united profession.”
In January, Lord McNally announced an additional £10 million in funding for family mediation, bring the total available over 2013 to £25 million.
The government also made Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) compulsory for anyone planning to go to court to resolve family issues in the recently published Children and Families Bill. These are designed to present information on mediation and allow individuals to decide whether it might be appropriate for their particular case.
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