Oxfordshire Family Mediation banner 1 Oxfordshire Family Mediation banner 2 Oxfordshire Family Mediation banner 3 Oxfordshire Family Mediation banner 4 Oxfordshire Family Mediation banner 5 Oxfordshire Family Mediation banner 6

The way your mediation enquiry will be handled has changed. OFM office staff will no longer take new referrals, which should now be sent directly to the mediators listed below.

OFM will continue to work with all existing clients through our office in Witney until June.

Oxfordshire Family Mediation is a charity that will soon cease to operate. However, its team of experienced mediators will continue to provide family mediation on an independent basis. The mediators can be contacted directly to discuss and make arrangements for mediation with you.

For enquiries, please contact:

For Oxford- Kerry Williamson, Mediator and Professional Practice Consultant

Email: kwmediationoxford@gmail.com;
Website: https://www.kwmediation.org
Tel: 07532 308046

Roger Cullen, Family Mediator

Email: roger.cullenfamilymediator@myphone.coop;
Tel: 07854 279638

For Banbury and Bicester- Jenny Harris, Family Mediator

Email: northoxfordshiremediation@gmail.com;
Tel: 07773 749998

For Witney & Kidlington Jane Hedges, Family Mediator

Email: janehedgesfamilymediation@gmail.com;
Tel: 07557 112163

For Didcot Berkshire Family Mediation

Email: info@berksfm.co.uk;
Tel: 01189 571159

Mediation is a very important part of reducing conflict during divorce and separation and in helping those affected to reach fair solutions. If you think you may be eligible for Legal Aid, please let the mediator know when you make contact to find out about your options.

We will do all we can to ensure that you will continue to be satisfied with the mediation service we provide during this transition period.

If you are already part of an ‘open file’ and have any concerns please feel free to email admin@ofm.org.uk or call on 08448476658 or 01993 708 546.

Our Children’s Voice service is to continue for now and so we still welcome applications and referrals.

Local Family Mediators can also be found at https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/find-local-mediator or via National Family Mediation on http://www.nfm.org.uk.

Child Inclusive Mediation

Hugging Child

Children and young people appreciate being informed and having their views and opinions heard. This is especially the case when their family is breaking apart and there is nothing they can do to stop it.

At the same time, children and young people should not to be responsible for the overall decisions such as who they live with, or who they see on Christmas Day.

When parents are trying to make agreements through mediation, it can also be very positive for their children to see their parents' Mediator.

At OFM, our Mediators are specially trained and accredited to carry out Child Inclusive Mediation.

Child inclusive practice gives children and young people the opportunity to have a conversation (verbal, written, through play or storytelling) with our professional Mediators, who are assisting their parents to make arrangements for their children’s future. It enables consenting children and young people to share their experiences of parental/family separation and express their concerns and views. Many children have practical suggestions to make.

Children who have had an opportunity to express their views and wishes about the issues affecting them post-separation describe feeling relieved and much less anxious. In addition, a ‘listening meeting’ can help them to:

  • Make sense of the changes in their lives
  • Understand that they are going through a process that many people share
  • Express the feelings that are common at this time
  • Develop a way of coping if they are caught in the middle of their parents conflict
  • Find ways of talking to their parents

A child’s meeting with the Mediator is confidential (unless safeguarding issues arise), and allows them a space to express their views without worrying about upsetting their parents or hurting anyone's feelings. Children can also decide what information they want their parents to receive, as part of a ‘feedback’ meeting.

For many parents, there are no great surprises and they are reassured that they are on the right track in helping their children. Sometimes, an important piece of information comes to light that might have been missed if the child or young person had not had the chance to speak to someone outside the family. Interestingly, the most common piece of feedback is a request for mum and dad to stop arguing and get on better.

There are some situations where Child Inclusive Mediation is not appropriate and a Mediator would talk this through with the parents and provide information about other options for establishing the children’s feelings and wishes. This may include a referral to our Children's Voice service.

To find out more, or and to book a mediation session, please call 08448476658 or send us an email.

1st Stop Family Mediation