Conversations with Young People in Family Mediation

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'Lisa has been a pioneer for many years of innovative mediation practice involving young people This book provides convincing evidence of the power of young people's voices and the necessity that they be heard.'

Neil Robinson, mediator, consultant and trainer, Mental Health Tribunal Judge, Visiting Professor, Staffordshire University

'Lisa Parkinson's expertise of more than four decades as a mediator and her enormous experience and deep insights into child-inclusive mediation make Conversations with Young People in Family Mediation an invaluable and essential read for those interested in this topic.'

Christoph Paul, co-founder of International Mediation Centre for Family Conflict and Child Abduction, Berlin.

'There is a genius to Lisa's writing that blurs the edges between report and rapport is peppered with lively examples and anecdotes.'

Glynne Davies, mediator and family lawyer, London

Conversations with Young People in Family Mediation highlights the importance of talking with young people and taking account of their views, because they have the right to be heard and they need to be involved in decisions affecting their lives. The book includes:

- Valuable advice from young people on how to talk with them in helpful ways
- Anonymised examples of young people's participation in mediation
- A chapter on Diversity and Inclusivity
- An overview of significant research findings
- Appendices including a draft code of practice and sample documents

It is an invaluable guide to this important topic for mediators, lawyers, judges, social workers and academics.

This title is included in Bloomsbury Professional's Family Law and Mediation online services.

Table of Contents

1. Hearing the Voice of the Child
2. Hearing the Voice of the Child in Family Mediation
3. Requirements for Child-inclusive Mediators and Trainers
4. Diversity and Inclusivity
5. Building a Professional Approach: Developing a 6 Stage Process
6. Engaging and Talking with Children and Young People
7. Children's Messages for their Parents
8. Shaping the Process to Fit the Child
9. Mediation with Different Kinds of Families
10. Mediation between Parents and Adolescent Children
11. Children's Experience of Parental Separation and Divorce
12. Children's Resilience and the Benefits of Talking with a Mediator
A. Including Children and Young People in Mediation – A Handout for Parents and Carers
B. Draft Code of Practice for Child-inclusive Mediation
C. Parental Consent for a Meeting with a Child or Young Person – Example of Mediator's Letter to Parents
D. Sample Invitation Letter to Child or Young Person Inviting Them to Meet the Mediator
E. Example of a Letter to a Son/Daughter-in-Law Regarding Grandparents' Consent
F. Books for Children and Young People
G. Suggested Reading for Mediators

Product details

Published 22 Feb 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 176
ISBN 9781526529589
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Dimensions 248 x 156 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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