Bim Afolami: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many mediators there are in England; and how many mediations by subject have taken place in each of the last five years.
Paul Maynard: Whilst the department does not hold information on privately-funded mediation, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) holds data on family mediation cases in England and Wales that have started and are funded by Legal Aid. This can also be found in Table 7.2 of the Legal Aid statistics:
Family Mediation Starts
|Financial Year||All Issues||Children Only||Property & Finance||Grand Total|
Further breakdown of cases and more information can be found in the published Legal Aid statistics: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/legal-aid-statistics-january-to-march-2019.
The Department does not hold data on the total number of family mediators. However, Legal Aid funded family mediation must have Family Mediation Council (FMC) accreditation. There are currently 1053 individual mediators accredited by the FMC in England and Wales. The complete list can be found on the FMC register at: https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/fmc-full-register/.
For civil cases, a list of individual mediators accredited by the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) can be found at: https://civilmediation.org/about/cmc-members-list/. The courts signpost users to mediators that are CMC accredited, but this may not reflect all mediators offering mediation sessions. The department does not hold data on privately-funded mediation for civil cases.