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What is mediation?

The aim of mediation is to reach agreements that make things better for everyone. It is voluntary, so no one is forced to take part and you can decide how far you want to take mediation.

How does mediation work?

The basic types of mediation are individual meetings or joint family mediation.

Stage 1

You meet with the Roundabout mediator and have the chance to talk about what problems you are having within your family and what might be causing them. You think about what you want to happen in the future and what your ideas are for solving problems.

Stage 2

If you choose, the mediator will contact relevant family members and arrange a similar meeting with them.

Stage 3

If both parties agree, a joint meeting can be arranged somewhere where you all feel comfortable. This is a chance for you and your family to discuss problems with the help of the mediator.

Stage 4

Everybody works together to make arrangements about how best you can move forward.

1:1 meetings with a mediator

There is no pressure at any stage and some people choose to stay at stage 1. A mediator can work with you individually to see problems more clearly, learn from the past and decide how you could handle things from now on to make positive changes and feel more in control of your relationships with others.

A mediator will
  • Remain neutral
  • Listen
  • Help you to solve your problems
  • Keeps things confidential
A mediator will not:
  • Take sides
  • Judge
  • Give advice about how they think other people should solve their problems

Contact us

Please contact us on 0114 272 8424 or pop in to 22 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP or email mediation@roundaboutltd.org

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: MH71

Resource Type: Article

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