The Family Mediation Project; An over-view

The Family Mediation Project; An over-view


Pesenter: Dr. Roisín O’Shea and Dr. Sinead Conneely

The Family Mediation Project is a not-for-profit means-tested research initiative, by Waterford Institute of Technology, based on a family mediation model developed by Dr Roisin O’ Shea, following  her IRC funded doctoral research at W.I.T., published in 2014. The project led by W.I.T.’s Dr Sinead Conneely (coordinator) and Dr Roisin O’ Shea (principal investigator), Partner in Arc Mediation, is test-running the next iteration in family mediation, comprising of the most effective elements sourced globally, with a particular focus on innovations in Canada, and is gathering empirical data to evidence outcomes. The project offers means-tested family mediation dealing with guardianship, parenting (access), custody and maintenance, prioritising the best interests of children, and meeting children to hear their views.  This “real world” phase of the project commenced in May 2018 and is being run in collaboration with volunteer mediators from Dublin Community Mediation and four Family Resource Centres across the South and Southwest of Dublin. The objectives of the project are to provide mediation as quickly as possible for families and their children, within their community, by experienced family mediators, with hook-ups and sign-posting to trusted existing resources, such as the support services offered by the Family Resource Centres, and on-line and face-to-face resources, with the court-room as an end of pipe-line solution or emergency forum only.


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