Clarity Works prides itself on providing an environment that is child-focussed, helping you to remain attentive to the issues that matter.
Most children can better cope with separation if conflict is managed and their parents can work out arrangements.
Clarity Works can help you to agree on:
Arrangements for children to spend time with each parent, including holidays and special events
Channels and methods of communication between parents and children
Involvement of other family members and people
Schooling and other activities
Parenting styles or discipline
Explanations to children about arrangements as a family
Financial support for your children
Children and young people value the opportunity to have a voice in the decision-making process.
Consultation with Children as Part of the Mediation Process
Clarity Works seeks to offer children (usually aged ten years and above) and young people the opportunity to be involved and have their voices heard directly in the mediation process in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.
It can be extremely helpful when parents are having to make decisions regarding their children that parents understand their children’s views, feelings, needs and desires. Involving children in the mediation process may be a good way to do this. Children like to be informed and they appreciate having their views and options heard, although they need to understand that they are not responsible for the overall decision.
How it Works
The child will be offered the opportunity to talk face to face with a mediator separately on the basis that what they say is completely confidential from anyone, including their parents. Strictly with the child’s permission, the mediator will then bring the child’s voice into the mediation when the parents themselves have their mediation sessions.
Participation is voluntary. Clarity Works appreciates that not all children and young people will wish to take up the opportunity to have their voice heard but the option is offered.
Principles Underpinning Consultation with children:
Children and young people aged ten and over can be offered age-appropriate information about mediation, including information about the purpose, process and delivery
Safeguarding principles will always take precedence, as is stipulated in the Children’s Act 1989
Children and young people’s involvement must always be voluntary. No meeting or other form of involvement will be imposed on those who do not want to be included
Conversations with children and young people will be undertaken by appropriately skilled mediators in a supportive, developmentally appropriate manner
Any discussions held will avoid and remove any burden of decision making from the child
Parents will be supported to listen to, understand, value and reflect on their children’s needs/views and to take them into account when making decisions for their children’s future
Any conversations with children and young people will be regarded as confidential and the nature and process of any disclosure to parents will be agreed with the child
Children and young people can be supported during the process and signposted to/offered additional help if that is needed
The mediation processes will put children and their families at the heart of the process
Consultations with a child usually last approximately 45 minutes. Siblings can be seen separately or together depending on what the children themselves prefer