As family mediators John and Tina are bound by the Code of Practice of the Family Mediators Association

Any letters or notes kept are ‘client confidential’ and are treated as such. In all usual circumstances you can expect records and notes to be treated and kept with the same care a legal records and will only be disclosed to others with your agreement or within accepted ethical guidelines.

If we come to believe that a child or a person is at risk we will not keep that secret but we will take steps to ensure that the adult or chid is safe.

If people tell us that they are money laundering the law says we must not tell you of our concerns but we must report it.


The code says:

Confidentiality
5.5.1 Subject to paragraphs 5.5.3, 5.5.4 and 5.5.5 below mediators must not disclose any information about, or obtained in the course of, a mediation to anyone, including a court welfare officer or a court, without the express consent of each participant, an order of the court or where the law imposes an overriding obligation of disclosure on mediators.
5.5.2 Mediators must not discuss the mediation or correspond with any participant’s legal advisor without the express consent of each participant. Nothing must be said or written to the legal advisor of one party regarding the content of the discussions in mediation which is not also said or written to the legal advisor(s) of the other.
5.5.3. Where it appears necessary so that a specific allegation that a child has suffered significant harm may be properly investigated or where mediators suspect that a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, mediators must ensure that the relevant Social Services department is notified.
5.5.4 Mediators may notify the appropriate agency if they consider that other public policy considerations prevail, such as an adult suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.
5.5.5 Where mediators suspect that they may be required to make disclosure to the appropriate government authority under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and/or relevant money laundering regulations, they must stop the mediation immediately without informing the clients of the reason.