About Us & Our Vision
About Kent Family Mediation Service and the ‘Vision for the Future’
Kent Family Mediation Service was established in March 1983 as a non-profit making registered Charity that is a member of the College of Mediators. The organisation is Governed by a Board of Trustees. The day to day management of Kent Family Mediation Service and its staff, is overseen by Karen Clarke, the Service Manager.
In April 2013, Kent Family Mediation Service opened an additional five new family mediation centres in Kent, giving clients access to legally aided and affordable private family mediation across Kent. Kent Family Mediation holds a legal aid contract, and the prestigious Government DWP HSSF logo, in recognition of the help and support that Kent Family Mediation Service provides to separated families.
Today Kent Family Mediation employs a number of qualified, trained, Legal Aid accredited, family mediators and friendly, professional and knowledgable administration staff.
Kent Family Mediation Service upholds its first class reputation by ensuring that all Kent Family Mediation staff are suitably qualified, are provided with up to date training and hold fully enhanced Criminal Record Bureau checks. Kent Family Mediation ensures that all family mediation staff comply with current family mediation and Government legislation, including codes of conduct, data protection and current working practices. Kent Family Mediation Family Mediators are accredited to the new Family Mediation Council standards. This training is further enhanced by a great team working environment, access to modern technology and the Kent Family Mediation management, being fully supportive of each individual staff member’s personal development, with the provision of regular supervision, monthly staff meetings and yearly appraisals.
Kent Family Mediation Service - Family Mediation in Kent - Our Mission Statement
Kent Family Mediation Service Mission Statement is to provide a confidential, impartial and professional legally aided and affordable private family mediation service to all service users; including clients and partnering agencies, by using fully trained staff and family mediators and endeavouring to provide the best possible help advice and support to families, parents and individuals, that have been affected by a relationship breakdown or family breakup
Kent Family Mediation Service Head Office in Sittingbourne, Kent
In order to further develop Kent Family Mediation Service and to accommodate its growing number of staff, on 01 October 2010, Kent Family Mediation Service's Head Office moved from 6 Park Road to its current location at 1 London Road, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME10 1NQ.
Kent Family Mediations Head Office in Sttingbourne was officially opened in a ceremony that was conducted by Jonathan Djanogly, who was the Justice Minister at that time . The new Kent Family Mediation Head Office spreads over three floors, contains a large meeting room and ground and first floor, private family mediation / consulting rooms. The layout of the building also makes it an ideal venue for functions, talks and events. The Kent Family Mediation Sittingbourne office is accessible for the disabled, including wheelchair users. All Kent Family Mediation centres offer accessible family mediation in Kent for family mediation clients arriving by car, public transport, or on foot.
Kent Family Mediation Service Has a Legal Aid Agency Contract
Kent Family Mediation Service has held a contract with the Legal Aid Agency (formerly known as the Legal Services Commision) since 1999 and despite the Legal Aid cuts that came into effect in April 2013, Kent Family Mediation Service has been fortunate enough to be one of the few family mediation providers that have held onto its Legal Aid contract. The Legal Aid Agency actively monitors Kent Family Mediation Services overall performance and standard of work. It is vitally important therefore that all family mediation and the work carried out by Kent Family Mediation Service and its staff is of the highest standard possible.
Currently the only way a person can get Legal Aid for a divorce, or family issues e.g. sorting out money, the house and the children after a separation, divorce or the breakdown of any form of relationship (unless there are exceptional circumstances involving evidenced domestic violence), is to mediate via a Legal Services Accredited Mediation provider. There are only a small number of family mediation providers that offer Legal Aid in Kent.
Legal Aid accredited family mediators have undergone a number of years training, experience and have completed lengthy portfolios evidencing their work. Kent Family Mediation clients can be confident in the knowledge that Kent Family Mediation Service Mediators hold the ‘gold standard’ mark of quality, and as such they are the only Family Mediators that hold a formal qualification to practice family mediation. Click HERE to read more about the benefits of mediating with Kent Family Mediation Service.
Kent Family Mediation Service offers affordable fees for private family mediation clients in Kent
Kent Family Mediation is able to offer competitively low fees for family mediation clients who either wish to pay privately for their family mediation, or who are not eligible to claim Legal Aid, because of its Charity status, and the service's revenue being further supplemented by grants and donations.
All donations are gratefully accepted, if you would wish to make a contribution to our Charity, you may do so by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button (below) to make a secure online payment.
Kent Family Mediation Service and Solicitor Supported Family Mediation in Kent
Kent Family Mediation Service recognises the importance of family mediation clients being able to consult a family solicitor at the time of reaching an agreement during family mediation. In these hard economic times, Kent Family Mediation Service also understands how financially difficult it can be for private family mediation clients to be able to afford to pay for this expensive legal advice.
Click HERE to see the list of Kent Solicitors that support family mediation in Kent
Direct Child Consultations: ‘Giving Children a Voice in Family Mediation’
Kent Family Mediation Service believes that there are circumstances when it is appropriate for a child to be consulted during the family mediation process, in order to explore their wishes and feelings. If the child and both parents consent to this happening, it can be very useful and if the child consents for the family mediator to share this information with the parents, it can positively benefit and assist the family mediation process. Kent Family Mediation Service Family Mediators have undergone special training in order to facilitate conversations with children during family mediation, which take place in an informal, comfortable, safe and neutral family mediation setting. Click HERE to see how children are affected by divorce and separation and how they can be involved in the family mediation process.
Kent Family Mediation Service ‘What Most Children Say’ Books
Kent Family Mediation Service have written and produced a handy, pocket sized guide for parents entitled ‘What Most Children Say’. These books can be ordered online on this website. Click HERE to order the What Most Children Say books.
This informative guide is extremely popular and copies that have been translated from English to other languages have to date been purchased by organisations and members of the public from all over the world.
Kent Family Mediation Service: ‘A One Stop Shop Catering for Every Service User’s Needs’
Kent Family Mediation Service is home to a number of other self-help professionals including family therapists, counsellors, debt advisors and financial advisors. Kent Family Mediation also networks with a number of other Kent based voluntary, local Government, Schools, and self-help organisations, in order to share ideas and experience that may be of benefit to Kent Family Mediation Service users and the local community. If you work for a health, public sector, education, community, voluntary, or business organisation in Kent and information about family mediation could be of use to the people and families that you support, please contact us HERE.
Manager Karen Clarke’s future vision for Kent Family Mediation Service is “A one stop shop catering for every ‘service user’s’ needs”. Kent Family Mediation Service is already renown in the family mediation world, for being a ‘forward moving’ organisation and the largest and longest standing family mediation service in Kent. It cannot be denied that given the positive changes and internal development that the service has been implementing since its Head Office move in 2010, Kent Family Mediation Service is most undoubtedly, now well on its way to fully achieving Karen’s vision!
Kent Family Mediation offers Family Mediation in East Kent, Family Mediation in South Kent, Family Mediation in South East Kent, Family Mediation in Mid Kent, Family Mediation in West Kent, Family Mediation in Thanet. Family Mediation in Sheppey, Family Mediation in the Weald of Kent, Kent Family Mediation has accessible family mediation centres in Ashford, Bromley, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Dover, Gillingham, Maidstone, Northfleet, Ramsgate, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Tunbridge Wells.