Our mediation expertise and skills support LGBTQ+ identifying children and teenagers facing issues at school as well as Rainbow families with children at school. We provide a safe space and inclusive environment for dispute resolution involving parents, students and school staff. As LGBTQ+ identifying mediators, we apply our expertise and skill to help all parties navigate the challenges faced by school students and LGBTQ+ families in a balanced, neutral and judgement-free environment. We apply our understanding of the nuances around sexual orientation and gender identity through lived experience and with a trained and experienced teacher also as part of our team, we bring empathy and understanding to the navigation of these issues within the school environment.
The goal of mediation is to provide a confidential process where an independent and neutral mediator helps people and organisations in conflict reach an agreement acceptable to both parties.
Our tailored approach to mediation involving LGBTQ+ issues that arise in schools impacting students, parents, teachers, principals and the broader school community follows a structured mediation process with the additional goals of:
Our LGBTQ+ identifying and experienced mediators assist students, families, teachers and staff with issues relating to:
We assist parties to resolve disputes in an environment that is informal, neutral and fair, so that agreements reached are durable and long-lasting, offering parties peace of mind to move forward into the future.Learn More
Online mediation offers a practical and accessible alternative to face to face mediation for parties who do not reside in the same location or do not wish to be in the same room for their mediation.Learn More
The pre-mediation intake session is a separate and confidential meeting between the mediator and each individual party. It can happen over the phone, online or as an in-person meeting. Each party must go through the intake session individually before we can proceed to the mediation.
The purpose of this first step is for the mediator to understand the circumstances of your situation and dispute – what brought you to mediation, what you hope to achieve from mediation and anything else we may need to know about you and your situation that could impact the mediation. For example, whether you feel comfortable being in the same room as the other party, or whether you prefer online mediation. The more we know about your situation, the better placed we are to facilitate the mediation successfully.
The intake session also gives us a chance to go through each phase of the mediation process with you, ensuring you understand exactly what to expect on the day.
The intake session also gives the mediator the chance to assess whether your dispute is appropriate for mediation. Instances where mediation may not be an alternative to the courts would be in the case where there is a serious safety concern via an emotional, physical or psychological threat to one of the parties, or if one party flatly refuses to participate.
As a starting point, we encourage you to give us a call and have an obligation-free chat about mediation and how it may be suited to your situation.
Start the mediation process by booking your intake meeting HERE
At Fresh Start Mediation we understand you will probably have some questions. Fill in your details HERE and one of our team will give you a call, otherwise you are welcome to call us.
Fresh Start Mediation services the whole of Australia, offering face to face and online mediation options.