Including children and young people directly in mediation makes sure that the parents listen to the child when making decisions.
While many children want to take part in mediation, others do not want to talk to someone outside the family, so taking part is always voluntary.
Mediators and practitioners who are skilled in talking with children can give a child the opportunity to speak with an independent person so that they can express their thoughts, and feel that they have been listened to.
You can find mediators who currently offer this by visiting The Family Mediation Council website.
Not all mediators offer children the opportunity to take part directly at the moment, but all mediators will help parents to talk with and listen to their children so that parents can make decisions which are the best for each child.