Requirements to apply for Child Protection Mediation Training:
In order to conduct child protection mediation work in the province of Ontario, mediators must be registered on the Ontario Child Protection Mediation Roster that is administered and managed by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has established training and eligibility requirements that must be met in order for a mediator to be placed on the roster (Ministry Policy Directive: CW 005-06). Candidates must meet the following criteria in order to be accepted into the training:
- Accreditation as a Family Mediator by OAFM or Certification as a Family Mediator by Family Mediation Canada;
Or equivalency, defined as:
- Proof of a professional degree or diploma in social services or children’s services;
- Proof of completion of at least 60 hours of training in family mediation, both basic and advanced, to include a minimum of 20 hours of skill training;
- Proof of completion of 21 hours of domestic violence training;
- Completion of at least 10 family mediation cases mediated to the point of agreement, with submission of redacted Memoranda of Understanding or Mediation Reports.
- Submission of proof of professional liability insurance of at least $1,000,000.
- Submission of a satisfactory vulnerable sector record check or security clearance number completed within the last three years.
- Submission of three satisfactory professional references (Reference form).
- A signed Declaration Form which outlines the applicant’s agreement to abide by the OAFM Standard for Child Protection Mediators.
- Submission of a current resume.
PLEASE NOTE: Each geographic ministry (MCCSS) region in Ontario has one or more ADR agencies which manage the ADR referrals and assignments at a local level. Please check with the agency in your region to see if they are currently recruiting Child Protection Mediators to add to their local roster. Agencies are listed here.
In 2021, the course will be offered online to comply with social distancing restrictions. The 2021 training fee will be substantially reduced to reflect the decreased costs in venue rental, food, accommodation, travel, printing materials etc.. Training dates are Saturday, February 6, 2021 for the Law course and February 8th -12th, 2021 for the Main Training. The courses will be held from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, each day with a lunch break at noon and breaks in the morning and afternoon. Applicants are responsible for the technology on their end of the training and should be available to participate full-time in the training by both audio and video.
The Child Protection Mediation Course is open to candidates who meet the above eligibility requirements. OAFM reserves the right to limit the number of participants admitted into each training course to ensure a quality training experience.
An exemption from the Law course may be permitted dependent upon the applicant’s academic/work related experience in relation to the child welfare system and laws governing that system. Please email the request for exemption to the Program Manager (email@example.com).
The application process requires the candidate to do the following:
- If a member of OAFM or FMC, please complete the on-line application which creates your profile here.
- If applying for equivalency, please submit all documents for verification to the Program Manager by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Upload the required documentation as set out above to your profile by clicking on "Select File".
- The application fee of $100+ $13 HST= $113.00 (non-refundable) is payable on the OAFM website here.
- Training spaces are assigned in the order in which the completed applications are received and assessed for eligibility. Eligible applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the training program at least three weeks prior to the start of the training.
- Once an applicant has been accepted into the training, the course fee of $1,200.00 + HST ($1356.00) may be paid on the OAFM Events page (https://www.oafm.on.ca/events/).The fee is due two weeks prior to the start of training. If payment is not received by January 22, 2021, the training spot will be offered to the next eligible applicant on the reserve list.
- Refund Policy: The total fee is $1469.00. This includes processing of the application, the five-day course and the one-day law course, training materials and HST. The $100.00 + HST processing fee is non-refundable. The $1200.00 + HST tuition fee is refundable if notice is given in writing to OAFM and received at least 48 hours prior to commencement of the course. If notification is received in writing less than 48 hours prior to the commencement of the course, the paid amount can be credited towards a subsequent Child Protection Mediation Course. Once the course commences, no further refunds will be available.
- Upon successful completion of all three elements of the course (written evaluation, peer and instructor evaluation of the role plays), you will be added to the Ontario Child Protection Mediation Roster.
- For those applicants who are not successful in their completion of the Child Protection Mediation Course, a remedial path may be considered by the trainers and next steps will be discussed with the applicant.