In response to increasing interest in and use of Family Mediation (Separating Couples), the MII will present a number of Family Mediation Awards to individuals and organisations that highlight best practice in mediation at its conference in October this year. The awards are the first time that excellence in this important area of mediation will be recognised in Ireland.
Speaking about the Awards programme, President of The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, Gerry Rooney, said, “Resolving family issues involving children, separation and divorce can not only be costly but are complex and emotionally challenging too. Individuals and organisations who practise certified professional mediation, in this area, are providing a much needed service that is not only a more cost effective alternative to sorting out such matters in court but potentially delivers much better resolutions than could be achieved solely through an adversarial legal process. Certified MII mediators in this sector are highly trained to work with the families involved and the legal service to deliver the best possible outcomes for those affected. This is why increasingly more people are choosing mediation to resolve matters involving separation. We in the MII think it’s important to recognise the progress and showcase best practice in this sector and to underline the achievements in Family Mediation.”
In light of the increasing use and scope of mediation, the MII invites individuals and organisations to showcase how they have promoted, developed and delivered family mediation. This is a great opportunity for those who have made a positive impact on the use of Family Mediation (Separating Couples) to achieve public recognition for their achievement.
The calibre of Judges for the MII’s Family Mediation (Separating Couples) Awards reflects the quality and importance of this initiative. They include, Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court, Dr. Niall Muldoon Ombudsman for Children,Ms. Pauline Leeson CBE, Chief Executive of Children in Northern Ireland, Ms. Carol Coulter, Director Child Care Law Reporting Project, and Journalist, Ms. Karen Erwin,Former President, MII, Mr. Gerry Rooney, President of the MII (Chair of the Panel) and Mr. Denis Blanch, Registrar, The MII. The MII wishes to thank the Judges for their valued contribution to the selection process.
About The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland
The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland is the professional association for Mediators in Ireland. It is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the use of quality mediation by ensuring the highest standards of education, training, professional practice and regulation.
The Mediators' Institute of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and registered in Dublin, Ireland.
Its registration number is 418250.
Registered Office: 31/32 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, Ireland. Registered Charity CHY16996.
Mediation is a voluntary process of conflict prevention and resolution that allows the parties an opportunity to address their issues in a confidential, private, and safe environment. Mediators are trained in conflict resolution skills and techniques and have the expertise needed to give people the best possible opportunity to resolve their disputes.
Mediation is effective:
The mediation process improves communication, narrows outstanding issues, defuses emotions and defines areas of agreement. Statistics show a success rate for mediation averaging 80 per cent.
For further information see www.themii.ie or contact Stiofán Nutty at +353 87 6175488