How to become a family mediator
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- applying directly
- training with a professional association
You could do a degree or postgraduate diploma that would give you some of the skills needed for this role. Relevant subjects include:
- social work
You'll improve your job prospects if you then take an accredited training programme approved by the Family Mediation Council (FMC). These include:
- a taught foundation course
- a period of practical experience
- support to build a portfolio of evidence
Accredited training providers may expect you to have several years of relevant work experience dealing with conflict and managing interpersonal relationships, as well as your degree.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
Voluntary experience of working with families will help you to get into training to do this job. This could be in settings like family support centres, counselling services or child contact centres.
Volunteering at a local community mediation service, for instance helping to settle neighbour disputes, can also be useful experience.
You could apply for a job as a trainee family mediator if you have a higher education qualification and experience in an area like:
- social work
As part of the selection process, you'll need to show you have the right personal qualities and skills to be a family mediator.
Many people move into family mediation as a second career, so life experience and evidence of supporting people through challenging issues is valued.
You'll find more advice about working in family mediation through the Family Mediation Council.