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Forming of ASWM

The Association of South West Mediators was formed following an initial interest meeting held in Plymouth in early 2006. From that meeting, it emerged that there was a strong desire for a regional association to provide support for mediators in the South West, to provide a portal through which mediation work could be garnered and to generally raise the profile of mediation.

What further emerged was the wide range of areas in which mediation was being used as a tool for resolving disputes.

There was a sense that in some areas there were a limited number of individuals working in a vacuum who were keen to become part of a broader association.

A steering group was formed which worked throughout 2006 to further refine the aims and objectives of the Association and to put in place an appropriate structure. The Association was formally launched at its inaugural AGM held in Exeter in early March 2007.

Multi-disciplinary association

One of the fundamental objectives of the Association is the promotion of mediation in as many aspects of conflict resolution as possible, including civil and commercial, family, employment, community and wider societal disputes. To facilitate this, membership of the Association is open to any person or organisation with an interest in mediation, on payment of an initial joining fee and an annual membership fee.

The strength of the Association lies in its broad appeal to mediators, whatever their speciality. The challenge to the Association is to incorporate this breadth of experience and to reassure potential users of the service that mediators recommended by the Association are subject to suitable quality control. The answer that has been developed is the creation, within the Association, of three separate faculties:

  • Civil & Commercial
  • Family
  • Public Services

These faculties enable mediators with a particular expertise to ensure, through their faculty, that they are able to offer a quality controlled service. The faculties also exist to educate and inform mediators from other disciplines to further expand their knowledge and practice areas. Once you have joined the ASWM it costs nothing to join one or more of the Faculties.

A further key objective is to provide relevant, accessible and affordable training to members. Training covers the specific requirements of specialist disciplines and also wider, cross-disciplinary skills. Training takes place in venues across the South West.

The Association also hopes to encourage individuals, businesses and organisations and their advisers to build mediation clauses into legal agreements and, indeed, to encourage all to use mediation to resolve disputes that emerge when matters are being negotiated.

Membership of the Civil & Commercial Faculty

What are the benefits of joining?

  • Opportunity to apply to be a Panel member and thereby receive referrals from the public.
  • The opportunity to attend reasonably priced, locally delivered relevant training at discounted prices. Some events will provide CPD points.
  • Mentoring for newly qualified mediators seeking practical experience.
  • Networking opportunities encompassing other Civil & Commercial mediators.
  • Opportunities to network with other faculties, including family, public and community mediation.
  • It costs nothing to join the faculty.

Membership of the Faculty is open to those individuals who are:

  • Members of the Association of South West Mediators
  • Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediators

The Faculty maintains a Panel of mediators available for referral to parties seeking a mediator.

The panel is comprised of experienced mediators who have acted as lead mediator in at least five mediations in the three years prior to application for membership of the panel. Alternatively, you can gain panel membership by completing two mediations as Assistant mediator in the year prior to application for membership of the panel and have received satisfactory reports from the lead mediators concerned. Admission to the Panel is at the discretion of the Association.

Panel members will also be required to maintain professional indemnity insurance of at least £1million, to comply with CPD requirements and ascribe to the regulations of the Faculty

Documents and application forms are available for download.

Membership of the Public Services faculty

Membership of the Faculty is restricted to those individuals who are:

  • Members of the Association of South West Mediators
  • Accredited Mediators and can demonstrate an awareness of Equal Opportunities and Managing Diversity.

Types of mediation applicable to the faculty are:

  • Internal workplace disputes and conflict management.
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • bullying
  • grievances
  • HR
  • environmental
  • landlord and tenant disputes
  • elder and younger care issues
  • faith communities
  • work with non-profit organisations
  • conflicts in schools (e.g. governors and staff, parents and staff, between peers, parents and children)
  • SEN statements, provision, exclusion

This list is an example and not exhaustive.

Faculty members wishing to obtain work via the Association will be required to attend an interview with members of the standing committee for the express purpose of ensuring they have sufficient understanding of the mediation process, ethics and conduct and the necessary experience for the likely appointments. They must be able to demonstrate CRB clearance and current Professional indemnity Insurance. In the majority of cases, two mediators will be required to mediate a dispute as required when working with vulnerable people.

All members are required to demonstrate that they continue to maintain their skills and knowledge regarding mediation by complying with the associations CPD requirements. For the Faculty of Public Services this will be 6 hrs per year.

Documents and application forms are available for download.

Family Faculty

What are the benefits of joining?

  • It costs nothing to join the faculty.
  • The opportunity of attending reasonably priced, locally delivered relevant training at discounted prices. Most events will provide CPD points.
  • The opportunity for suitably qualified Family Mediators to join the Family Mediator Panel and thereby to receive referrals from the public.
  • The potential for newly trained mediators to shadow established mediators and gain sufficient experience to qualify as competence assessed.
  • Once membership numbers increase and there is sufficient demand, we intend to launch a web-based member's only area where you will have the opportunity to discuss cases with your peers.
  • Networking opportunities encompassing other family mediators, both within the profit and the not-for-profit sector.
  • Opportunities to network with other faculties, including commercial, public and community mediation.

The Family Mediator Panel is comprised of experienced mediators who have acted as sole mediator in at least five mediations in the year prior to application for membership of the Panel. Admission to the Panel is at the discretion of the Association.
Panel members are required to maintain professional indemnity insurance of at least £1 million, to be in good standing with their regulatory association, to comply with CPD requirements and to ascribe to the regulations of the Faculty.

Documents and application forms are available for download.

Documents and application forms

To apply for membership, please download and complete the relevant forms from the following list.

Membership of the Association Civil & Commercial Faculty Public Sector Faculty Family Faculty