Mediation is becoming increasingly more vital when it comes to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB). In addition, mediation can play a key role in resolving situations that aren’t officially ASB but are on the fringes and need early intervention.
Mediation bridges the gap between people resolving their own conflicts and resorting to formal proceedings. Mediation gives the power to individuals to take control and resolve a situation with the support of a neutral third-party mediator.
Not only can mediation help with any immediate concerns, it can prevent future issues arising too.
Mediation is a proven, cost-effective method to resolve disputes quickly and amicably. It’s particularly powerful in resolving situations early, negating the need for any formal proceedings such as civil litigation.
Mediation can save much time, money and grief whilst significantly improving the lives of those involved. The goal is always to guide both parties to a mutually beneficial resolution rather than recommend specific courses of action. It empowers people to resolve situations themselves and come to an agreement.
The person suffering ASB doesn’t need to reach out to the other party to suggest mediation. It’s the mediators job to engage the other party. This applies should an individual contact a mediation company directly or if an agency refers the case on their behalf.
If mediation is a concept you haven’t considered before then it’s perfectly normal to have your doubts and some more questions.
It’s understandable for individuals to feel a bit anxious about it. It’s understandable that they may not want to engage with the other party or feel like they want to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome at the outset. But remember, all you need to do in the first instance is talk to a mediator, or if you’re an agency, refer a case to a mediator. They will guide you from there and manage the case whilst working closely with you.
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