About Us

We are passionate about Family Mediation and strive to provide independent family mediation to families to support them to resolve difficulties for their children.

We believe that by empowering and enabling families to improve their lives by offering an inclusive, affordable resolution service will enable people to take ownership and control over decisions in relation to difficulties or disputes that they are experiencing.

Children 1st Mediation specialises in helping you make plans for the future

following separation or divorce – agreeing arrangements for your children, including the time they spend with each of you, where they will live, child maintenance and property and financial settlements. We have extensive knowledge and experience in more complex family disputes and have training in supporting families through Parental Alienation.

It is our view that if given the right support and opportunity, most people can reach their own solutions to the problems and difficulties that they are facing. Working you to build understanding and resolve conflict will strengthen and empower you, which will have a positive impact on the future of your children.


Our Team

Mabel Edge – Practice Director/ Professional Family Mediator

Having spent over 20 years working in dispute resolution and restorative practice, both as a practitioner, of which I spent 10 years as a Manager for children and young people’s services, responsible for the delivery of an alternate forms of dispute resolution in public law.

I am passionate about enabling and empowering people to resolve disputes themselves without the need for more adversarial interventions. I have extensive specialist knowledge and experience in Family Group Conferencing within Child Protection and early help, Family Mediation in child welfare /protection cases and Restorative Justice (RJ). I also have experience in the delivery and management of family and community conferences; workplace mediation; narrative mediation; parent child mediation; NLP, Solution focused communication and have delivered, trained and supervised a large team of facilitators in the delivery of these models.

I am a Professional Family Mediator and Professional Practice Consultant (PPC) supervisor, registered with the College of Mediators, Family Mediators Association and the Family Mediation Council to undertake Family Mediation. Registered with the Ministry of Justice to undertake MIAMS and Mediations as a pre–requisite for those wishing to making an application to court for child or financial arrangements. I was successfully awarded a Legal Aid Contract in 2018.

I developed the first specialist model of Child Welfare (protection) Mediation for Families involved with Social Services and have successfully delivered over 150 complex child welfare mediation to families in both private and public law cases.

I am also qualified to undertake Child Inclusive Mediation and I am fully DBS checked and qualified to work with children and young people to you can be sure of their safety, if they are taking part in the mediation process. You will often find me undertaking more challenging cases.

I also undertake specialist Parent Child Mediation when the right circumstances apply, however this work is not considered to be Family Mediation and as such it is not regulated in the same way.

I undertook advanced training in understanding, identifying and working with Parental Alienation in Mediation.

I am an accredited professional SEN Mediator and undertake consultancy for Global Mediation based in London and travel across the south West.

Helen Shea –      Professional Family Mediator

After my early career in the arts and music, my own family life fostered an interest in social and family dynamics. Conflict appears to be apparent at all levels of society; structurally and personally, I have been drawn towards mediation which offers a way forward in resolving conflict. As a mature student I went on to study Sociology at the University of Exeter, followed initially by training in family mediation and community mediation.

I have over 10 years experience as a mediator with qualifications in family, community & neighbourhood, Civil, Commercial & Workplace Mediation. I am also fully qualified as an integrative humanistic counsellor, family group conference coordinator and restorative justice practitioner.

I am accredited with the Family Mediation Council to undertake Legal Aid work and qualified to undertake Mediation Information Assessment Meetings as a pre–requisite for those wishing to making an application to court for child or financial arrangements.

I am one of a few specialist mediators able to undertake child welfare mediation in cases where there are
safeguarding issues and local authority involvement. I am fully DBS checked and qualified to work with children and young people as part of the mediation process.

I am an accredited professional SEN Mediator and undertake consultancy for Global Mediation.

Peter Shaw- Professional Family Mediator

Peter began mediating in 2006 and became fully accredited as a Professional Family Mediator in 2008. He later also qualified as a Professional Practice Consultant, supervising other mediators.
 
He is registered with the Family Mediation Council, is a Member of the College of Mediators and is a Mediator Member of Resolution.
 
Peter started his career as a solicitor and was a partner in a law firm in Cornwall before transitioning over to Family Mediation. He undertakes a large number of mediations each year including online.
 
Peter conducts all types of Family Mediation. He is qualified to undertake Child Inclusive Mediation and has skills and experience in complex financial matters.

Hannah Lane – Child Consultant

Hannah is a registered Play therapist and has many years experience in working with children and young people to enable them to have a voice, including FGC and Advocacy. Hannah is a welcome friendly face for children struggling with parental separation or the conflict arising out of parental conflict.

Hannah had an enhanced ~DBS and also undertake private Play Therapy , Supervised and Supported Child Contact, including in the community and delivers parenting support to parents struggling with parental conflict.

Amanda Perry -Child Consultant

Amanda is a registered Play therapist and has many years experience working for Children’s services in Plymouth as a family support worker, including working with children and young people. Amanda is skilled at enabling children to express themselves.  Amanda is a bubbly personality which children find positive in their meetings with her. Amanda struggling with parental separation or the conflict arising out of parental conflict.

Amanda had an enhanced DBS and also undertake private Play Therapy , Supervised and Supported Child Contact, including in the community and delivers parenting support to parents struggling with parental conflict.

Malki Robinson- Professional Family Mediator

Malki is a professional Family Mediator and has been part of our team since October 2020.

Malki is a highly experienced Family Mediator, with more than a decade’s experience in family mediation. Her integrity and proficiency are greatly appreciated by clients and legal professionals alike.

Malki guides couples to reach decisions in relation to child arrangements and financial settlements that focus on their unique requirements through separation and beyond.

She previously worked as a facilitator in the financial services industry. This makes her well placed to sort out the financial complexities which can cause problems in many separation and divorce cases.

Malki is a member of the College of Mediators, and is an accredited Family Mediator.

Malki is also an Accredited SEN Mediator.

Mia Kee

Mia Kee -Professional Family Mediator

Mia is an experienced Family Mediator and is passionate about the contribution mediation can make to helping clients resolve conflict, and move forward with their lives.

Mia qualified as a Counsellor/ Psychotherapist in 2006 and worked in private practice primarily with familial and relationship issues, as well as on a specialist domestic violence programme and with the police.

Sam Weeks

Sam Week Family Mediator working towards full accreditation

Sam Weeks joined the team in 2019 in our administration office and has successfully worked her way to having completed her foundation mediation training and is now working well towards her full accreditation. Full Accreditation involves a lot of observations, co-mediations and mediations, as well as putting together a portfolio of evidence to show the high level of skill required.

We are proud of the skills that Sam shows in Mediating and the progress she has achieved towards becoming accredited.