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Family Mediation

The ChildONEurope Network addressed the issue of family mediation in 2005, through a survey commissioned to the Secretariat by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on the occasion of the Semester of EU Presidency ( 1 January to 31 June 2005).
The survey's objective was to acquire knowledge about legislative, theoretical, methodological and operational aspects of family mediation in Europe. Practically, it was carried out through sending a questionnaire to a number of formerly identified professionals dealing with family mediation in the different EU countries, in order to collect information.
In particular, this project follows three strategic axes that are applied to the different areas of investigation. The first one concerns the normative texts about family mediation at EU and national level. The analysis on the EU legal rules and regulation is twofold: on one hand it identifies the cognitive categories used by legislators to design the practice of family mediation, and on the other it highlights the pragmatic effect and the operational impact deriving from these rules and regulations. The analysis of national legal texts and rules of EU member states aims at highlighting common elements and differences in the national legislations of EU countries on the basis of specific criteria. In addition, the survey includes a national legislation survey. The analyzed texts were collected through a research carried out for each Country of the EU through the representatives of the Intergovernmental Group L'Europe de l'Enfance and the partners of the ChildONEurope Network.
The second axis of the survey concerns the "roles" that are involved in family mediation. In this field, the aim of the analysis is to identify the cognitive categories used by four groups of family mediation players: family mediators, attorneys, head of family mediators training centre, judges. This part of the survey was elaborated through the method of questionnaires sent to a list of the four above- listed professional groups.
The third axis of the research, was the analysis of data about children and families in Europe.
More specifically the goal of statistical data collection and analysis is to ascertain the level of knowledge about children and families in order to see whether currently available data are sufficient to gain direct or indirect insight about family mediation and its effective implementation in Europe. For the purpose of this study the sources of data are mainly Eurostat statistical surveys conducted in 15 EU member states.
Finally general conclusions and operational proposals have been drawn from the research finding. In particular, strengths and weaknesses of family mediation implementation in Europe have been highlighted in order to identify possible future scenarios for "family mediation in Europe".

 

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