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Project information

Children First!

To inform, enable and encourage parents who are separated to build a platform of cooperation through mediation, so that children can experience sensitive and flexible parenting which meets their needs, releases them from worry and allows them to retrieve their childhood.

April 2011 - April 2012

Charity information: Oxfordshire Family Mediation

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  • Need


    Many children have to live in an atmosphere of conflict after parents separate. Even if this is relatively low level it has the effect of making children anxious and preoccupied and gives them a sense of divided loyalties. Although these children would benefit hugely if their parents used family mediation, knowledge of mediation and how it can help is very limited in the public domain.


    We would like help to consider how we can use modern technology most effectively to access parents and to disseminate knowledge of the process of mediation and how it works, and the availabiltiy of legal aid for those that are eligible.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reach separated parents and to encourage use of mediation for the benefit of their children.


    » Work on the website and include interactive elements for adults and children

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in the use of mediation where clients have heard about it through the new marketing

  • Impact


    Long term changes will be a reduction in conflict between the parents. We will measure agreements reached, satisfaction with the process and level of conflict reduction as perceived by parents. We may also commission research into the indirect effect of mediation on children


    Too many mediations. We have spare mediator capacity currently ( 9 mediators) and have two trainees who will qualify during 2011.


    We will monitor as above, and will report outcomes to donors as required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,320

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 salary marketing officer, 2 days per week
      £1,320 'on costs' @ 11%
  • Background


    Oxfordshire, particularly disadvantaged areas


    The children of separated parents. These cross all classes and groups. The suffering of children where parents are in conflict is universal. Around 1 in 3 children will not be living with both birth parents by the age of 16.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been operating as a family mediation service since 1989. All mediators are accredited by the Legal SErvices Commission and are experienced experts who have regular support and supervision. We also run Family Plus, a support service for children and Parenting Information Workshops for parents.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marion Stevenson


    Tina Deaney

    Operations Manager

    Judy Marsden