Child Protection Mediation Scheduling Services

Following the CPP’s successful Child Protection Mediation Practicum  and Co-mediation project , the CPP office transitioned in the summer of 2012 into the Child Protection Mediation Scheduling Service (CPMSS). The purpose of this eight-month pilot project was to design and implement a program to explore the feasibility and sustainability of a scheduling support service for child protection mediation.

The CPMSS was a joint initiative between the Child Protection Mediation Program (CPMP) and Mediate BC, with funds generously provided by Family Justice Services, Ministry of Justice, BC.

The CPMSS provided a single-point-of-contact for those wishing to make a child protection mediation referral in British Columbia. Referrals could be made to the CPMSS by:

  • a social worker within MCFD or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA)
  • any family member involved in a child protection matter,
  • MCFD or DAA mediation and collaborative practice coordinators,
  • counsel for any of the parties to a child protection matter on behalf of their client, or
  • mediators referring their own cases for scheduling.     

Once the CPMSS office received a mediation referral, Mediate BC’s Scheduling Coordinator contacted participants to determine a suitable date, book a venue, and referred the file to a fully trained and qualified mediator from the Child Protection Mediation Roster.

Services provided by the CPMSS were limited to regions with which Mediate BC already had frequent referrals. Communities served included: northwestern communities, MCFD Circle 5 teams, Kelowna, and some areas from the Kootenays and the Lower Mainland.

The CPMSS pilot project is now complete and no longer accepting referrals. For a listing of child protection mediators, please consult the Child Protection Mediator Roster. For more information about Child Protection Mediation, please visit the Ministry of Justice website.