What is Peer Mediation?
Mediation aims to assist parties to resolve their dispute through informal and confidential discourse in which a neutral third party, a mediator, assists the parties to reach a negotiated and mutually acceptable resolution/agreement.
Role of Mediator
The mediator is impartial and has no authoritative or decision making power. Nor does the mediator have any vested interest in the outcome. The mediator’s role is to manage the process and to facilitate dialogue between the parties so that they can identify the underlying causes of their dispute and ultimately find their own resolution. The mediator’s role is non-judgmental and non-directive. The mediator is neither judge nor arbitrator and does not adjudicate or give decisions on the rights or wrongs of the actions of the parties. The Mediator supports the parties in identifying their issues and needs and in exploring how those needs can be addressed and how they might come to agreement.
Fundamental Principles of Mediation
The fundamental principles of mediation are that it is a voluntary process, that confidentiality applies to the process, that the mediator is and remains impartial and neutral, that the parties have the right of self-determination and decide on their own solutions rather than having a solution imposed on them. The participants will treat each other and the process with respect.
Mediation is Private and Voluntary
Mediation will be conducted in private, and will be directly between the parties concerned, with the support of the mediator, who will act as an independent facilitator. Either party may withdraw from the process at any time by notifying the mediator in writing that they wish to do so. Mediation is a voluntary process. Mediation cannot proceed if either of the parties objects to a mediation referral. Likewise each side may withdraw consent at any stage of the process and mediation will be terminated immediately.
If the mediation process results in an agreement acceptable to both parties, the mediator will draw up a written record of the terms of the settlement for signature by the parties. A copy of the mediated settlement will be given to the parties and a copy will be retained by the mediator.
Types of Workplace Issues Where Mediation Can Really Help:
If you are interested in requesting Peer Mediation, please fill out the form below:
Application for Peer Mediation
Are both parties to the mediation aware of this request? Yes No
I, the requestor of mediation, will inform the party.
The assigned mediator will contact the party.
Please provide a brief description of the issue(s) that you would like to address through mediation: