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Family mediator

Family mediators help separating couples agree on future plans without having to go to court.

Annual Salary

£19,000 to £38,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 37 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; attending events or appointments

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more Family mediator jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • listen to your client and work out what they need your help with
  • help your clients talk to each other fairly and respectfully
  • discuss issues like where a child will live, property and money
  • keep accurate and confidential records of discussions
  • summarise agreements in writing
  • recognise when mediation is not working
  • work with solicitors and courts when necessary

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • volunteering
  • applying directly
  • training with a professional association

You could do a degree or postgraduate diploma to get some of the skills you need for this job.

Relevant subjects include:

  • social work
  • law
  • counselling
  • psychology
  • psychotherapy
  • education

Training programmes

You'll improve your job prospects if you take an accredited training programme after university. The programme has to be approved by the Family Mediation Council (FMC).

Training programmes include:a taught course; practical experience; support to build a portfolio

In addition to a degree, training providers may expect you to have experience dealing with conflict and managing relationships.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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Volunteering and work experience

You might find it easier to join a training course if you volunteer to work with families at places such as:

Direct application

You can apply for a job as a trainee family mediator if you have a higher education qualification and experience in law, social work or counselling.

When you apply, you'll need to show you have the right personal qualities and skills to be a family mediator.

Other routes

You've also got the option to train with a professional association.

Each association sets their own criteria to join but most will expect you to have experience from paid work or volunteering.

Professional associations that offer training include:

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Career tips

Many people become a family mediator as a second career. Employers will like it if you have life experience and evidence of supporting people with challenging problems.

Further information

You can get more advice about working in family mediation from the Family Mediation Council.

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With experience you could:set up your own mediation business; train other mediators; manage a team of mediators; use your skills in other careers, such as housing or social work

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • persuading and negotiating skills
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of equality and diversity issues
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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