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UK Mediation Awareness week was the brain child of Dave Owen back in February this year, who wanted to showcase all forms of mediation available in the UK in a similar way to Mediation Awareness Week in Ireland.

After our involvement with Family Mediation Week in January 2016 (organised by the Family Mediators Association), we decided that it was a fantastic opportunity to assist having learnt valuable lessons in running online awareness campaigns – especially from a technology perspective.

In March 2016, the working group was formed, bringing together a unique blend of volunteers skillfully guiding by Andrew Burr acting as chair, who have all generously given their time.  The group then developed a coordinated approach to contact mediation organisations, and thousands of mediators across the UK. Several organisations have devised mock mediation events, conferences, receptions, Q&A sessions to help raise awareness of UK mediation.

Watch the new video detailing all the events.


To see a full list of events happening over the week, visit the events calendar. #UKMAW2016,

Understanding Family MediationOver the past couple of months, we’ve been collaborating on a project to create a prezi called ‘Understanding Family Mediation‘ to mark the end of National Family Dispute Resolution week (Nov 25-29th). It’s purpose is to provide a greater understanding of family mediation as an alternative to court.

Following academic research (Stokoe, 2011; 2013a; 2013b) on barriers to mediation, and feedback from family mediators themselves, it was clear that some elements of the MoJ prezi potentially dissuade people from attending mediation, rather than work to promote it. We set about changing the text and images to use key phrases that will encourage people to attend.

The latest version of the project can be found on YouTube and is designed for embedding on websites to help explain family mediation. YouTube provide an easy way to embed a YouTube player on your website. Simply include the following code onto the HTML section of a page on your website :

<div style=”text-align:center;”> < object width=”425″ height=”350″ data=”” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash”><param name=”src” value=”” /></object> < /div>

Update 27/6/14

Please note that link needs to be updated to the MoJ adopted version of the video :

<div style=”text-align:center;”> < object width=”425″ height=”350″ data=”” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash”><param name=”src” value=”” /></object> < /div>

This is definitely not the final version, but a work in progress…

The project was developed by the following partners:
Prof Elizabeth Stokoe – Loughborough University
Dr Frederick Attenborough – Loughborough University
Paul Gadd – Protocol IT Ltd
Euan Lockwood – Kerfdesign

Use of the video

Creative Commons Licence

The YouTube and Prezi files are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to the collaborative partners.