New FMC Mediation Voucher Scheme
The Ministry of Justice has developed a mediation voucher scheme, whereby a contribution of up to £500 per case/family to the mediation costs of a child arrangements case will be offered, encouraging people to seek to resolve their disputes outside of court where appropriate to do so.
The purpose of the scheme is to promote the benefits of mediation and divert matters where appropriate away from the family courts. The scheme will offer mediation participants a financial contribution of up to £500 per family towards the total costs of their mediation. This payment will be made directly to mediation providers by the FMC which is administering the scheme on behalf of the MoJ.
Before confirming to clients that a voucher is available, mediators must make a request for voucher allocation, and receive a case reference number from the FMC – this is to ensure that vouchers are only allocated where funds are available.
The following documents contain information mediators need to know in order to participate in the scheme.
- Full Details of the Scheme
- Details of the form that client consent must take (which must be submitted when you request allocation of a voucher)
- Participant Monitoring Form
- Case data to be submitted by the mediator
- Billing information to be submitted by the mediator
The scheme is open to mediation participants who attend a MIAM on or after 26 March 2021 .
Mediators who intend to participate in the scheme are encouraged to download the template press release, complete the service specific sections, and send this to local press.
Mediators with questions about the scheme should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – the FMC will produce and regularly update FAQs about the scheme, so all mediators can see the answers to questions previously asked.
The FMC’s Privacy Notice for the Mediation Voucher Scheme can be found here.