Innovative Family Mediation Research Initiative Embedded in the Community In Ireland

Sinéad Conneely, Róisín O'Shea

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The Family Mediation Project is a not-for-profit means-tested research initiative at Waterford Institute of Technology, based on an innovative family mediation model developed by Dr Roisin O’ Shea, following her Irish Research Council funded doctoral research. The project, led by W.I.T.’s Dr Sinéad Conneely (coordinator) and Dr Roisin O’ Shea (principal investigator), is test-running the next iteration in family mediation, embedded in the community, comprising of the most effective elements sourced globally, with a particular focus on innovations in Canada, and is gathering empirical data to evidence outcomes. The final “real world” phase of the project commenced in May 2018, an exciting collaboration between voluntary, statutory agencies and a research institution to further test the effectiveness of this innovative approach on a larger scale at community level in the south Dublin area. This paper will discuss the project innovations and efficacy of the projects objectives, to provide effective mediation as quickly as possible for families and their children, within their community, by experienced family mediators, with hook-ups and sign-posting to trusted existing resources, such as the support services offered by the Family Resource Centres, and on-line and face-to-face resources, with the court-room as an end of pipe-line solution or emergency forum only.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-348
Number of pages7
JournalFamily Court Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2019


  • Access
  • Child-Inclusive Mediation
  • Co-Mediation
  • Divorce
  • Facilitative
  • Family Law
  • Family Mediation
  • Family Resource Centers
  • Guardianship
  • Legal Separation
  • Maintenance
  • Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Primary Carer
  • Unmarried


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