Family Mediation Pilot Launch

ARC launched our Family Mediation Pilot on Friday 19th April. The Family Mediation Pilot is a public private partnership involving ARC, trained mediators who are lecturing staff of Waterford Institute of Technology’s School of Humanities and Waterford Area Partnership.

The pilot will use a mediation model developed by ARC partner and IRCHSS doctoral scholar Roisin O’Shea, inspired by the best practices she observed during her international research in Canada and New Zealand. The model will provide an effective and timely mechanism for separating couples to come to agreement about maintenance, division of assets, parenting and other issues that may be both contentious and complex. This same model has been refined by ARC partners, Roisin and Shane, with over 120 private clients since 2010, The service will be means-tested with client fees starting at €25/client/hour. The pilot will run all day on Monday and Tuesdays starting in May with the intention that, once inducted into the pilot, clients will see a mediator within 2 weeks.
Clients which do not wish to participate in the pilot may still see ARC mediators privately.

The pilot was launched by Canadian Ambassador, his excellency Loyola Hearn and Mayor of Waterford City, Jim D’arcy. Also present at the launch were Phil Prendergast MEP, Ciara Conway TD, John Halligan TD and Councillors Mary Roche and Ger Barron.

Click on the links below to view newspaper articles covering the launch.

To find out more, please contact ARC by phoning 051 348336 or via our contact page.