As a Family Mediation Council (FMC) member organisation, the Law Society's Family Mediation Accreditation subscribes to the FMC's Professional Standards and Self-Regulatory Framework. You must therefore ensure that you meet the FMC's requirements for gaining accreditation. Further information on the FMC requirements can be found on the FMC website.
The Family Mediation Standards Board (FMSB) has produced guidance on a number of temporary regulatory changes having taken into consideration government guidance on social distancing due to the coronavirus. The guidance can be found on the FMC website.
If you are submitting your portfolio after 1st September 2019, the FMC requires you to have completed a Child Inclusive Mediation Awareness and Understanding Day before submitting your portfolio. Details of courses are available via your FMC Membership Organisation or in the FMC Newsletters and on the FMC website.
To apply for Family Mediation Accreditation, you must first attend a mandatory training course provided by an FMC-approved training organisation. You must also:
- be in good standing with your FMC member organisation
- be under the supervision of a professional practice consultant (PPC)
- have had at least ten hours one-to-one, principally face-to-face support from your PPC
- have a post-training review with your PPC
- observe/co-mediate and evaluate a mediation session conducted by an FMCA mediator
- have at least one mediation session observed by your PPC
- take a minimum of three cases (including an AIM case) or four cases (without an AIM case) to completion in the last two year (it may be possible for you to use a case that is older than two years or one which has not completed, refer to Family Mediation application guidance notes - portfolio route)
- have undertaken at least 10 hours of family mediation related continuing professional development.
- have undertaken the required four hours of time with a PPC in each year and, in addition, complete a further 10 hours’ time with your PPC before submitting your portfolio
You will need to apply for accreditation within three years of successfully completing an FMC-approved initial or foundation training. If you have missed your three year deadline, you may apply for an extension in time. Details are available on the FMC website.
The Family Mediation Accreditation is intended to cover all issues arising from family relationship breakdown where mediation is appropriate, and applicants will be required to demonstrate understanding, knowledge and experience of all issues mediation.
How to apply
There are two routes to accreditation:
- passporting route
- portfolio route
This route is only available to family mediators who have already been competence assessed/accredited under one of the following schemes:
- the original Legal Services Commission (LSC) scheme
- the LSC Scheme as previously run by the former UK College of Family Mediators
- the LSC scheme as previously run by the Family Mediation Council
- the Family Mediation Council's Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) scheme.
- Those who are accredited via the FMA or Resolution accreditation routes and who have been awarded FMCA status as of 1 January 2015
- Those who have completed their accreditation via the FMC route operational from 1 January 2015
The Law Society's scheme is intended to cover all issues arising from family relationship breakdown where mediation is appropriate, so passporting to the Law Society scheme is available only to those family mediators who have been accredited/competence assessed to conduct all-issues mediation.
Read the passporting guidance before completing an application under this route. Complete the application form (Word 270kb).
This route is for mediators who have not yet achieved any form of accreditation and you may apply on reaching the required level of competence by submitting an application form and portfolio. As the accreditation scheme is intended to cover all issues arising from family relationship breakdown where mediation is appropriate, applicants will be required to demonstrate understanding, knowledge and experience of all issues mediation.
Step 1: Preparation for application
Read the general scheme application criteria and guidance (PDF 361kb), which is applicable to all Law Society accreditations, and theapplication guidance notes (PDF 546 KB) before starting your application.
Undertake the mandatory training and ensure that you meet the FMC requirements for gaining accreditation before an application form is submitted. A list of course providers and further information on the FMC requirements can be found on the FMC website.
Step 2: Prepare your application and portfolio template
Complete the application form (Word 301 KB) and the portfolio template (Word 326 KB). You should refer to the scheme guidance notes to help you.
A fee is applicable for each application. See the fee schedule for full details of accreditation costs.
If you have any questions or feedback, contact our accreditation office for guidance:
Phone: 020 7320 5797