Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how the Family Mediation Consortium uses and protects any information that you give the Family Mediation Consortium when you use this website.

The Family Mediation Consortium is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

The Family Mediation Consortium may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What we collect
We may collect the following information:

  • name and job title
  • contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests

What we do with the information we gather
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to Family Mediation Consortium Ltd, 1st Floor, 15 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PL.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Complaints Procedure.

A complaint must be made in writing (either by letter or email) to:

The Manager, Family Mediation Consortium, First Floor, 15 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PL or

Time Scales:

  1. Any complaint should be made within 3 months following the date of the last mediation session.
  2. FMC will acknowledge the complaint within 10 days of receipt.
  3. A response to the complaint will be forwarded to you within 28 days of receipt.

When you’ve made your complaint, FMC will:

  • Acknowledge receipt of your letter/email.
  • Pass your letter to the Complaints Officer to investigate your complaint.
  • The Complaints Officer will look into the matter and speak with the Mediator regarding your complaint
  • The Complaints Officer will provide you with a written response.

The Mediator may involve his or her PPC (Professional Practising Consultant) in resolving the complaint.

Following this procedure, if you are not satisfied by our response then you can ask the Family Mediation Standards Board to consider the complaint

Should you proceed with such a referral we confirm that this does not prejudice your right to seek a civil remedy.

File Storage.
Private files are now stored for 2 years and not as previously advised of 6 years.