The child’s voice in mediation - WA Annual Meeting
Date TBA | Jackson McDonald
Tuesday 13 November
We invite you to join us for this interesting presentation, for the business of the Annual Meeting and gain useful insight from Benn Hill and Jeanette Steers whilst socialising over a drink with members and colleagues.
This presentation will provide two insights into how children’s voices are being heard in the mediation process. Benn Hill will outline the current practices in mediation to ensure that children’s wants and needs are heard and considered and Jeanette Steers will speak about the experience and results of implementing the SCRAM((School’s Conflict Resolution & Mediation) program, sponsored by Resolution Institute, at Rossmoyne Senior High School. SCRAM is a structured mediation process that builds key skills for students enabling them to express their ‘voice and practice diplomacy.
Benn was admitted as a lawyer in 2008 and qualified as a family dispute resolution practitioner in 2011. He practices as a lawyer and FDRP in sole practice. He has worked in roles relating to family conflict over the years at the Family Court and in law firms, community legal centres and Family Relationship Centres. He has completed a Professional Certificate in Arbitration and is accredited as a family law arbitrator. He is a qualified independent children’s lawyer.
Jeanette Steers is an experienced Independent Public High School Teacher currently employed at Rossmoyne Senior High School as Assistant Head of Learning Area. Her classroom teaching practice centres itself on implementing teaching strategies that motivate and engage learners in learning environments that allow them to express creativity, problem solve and think critically. With six years of teaching experience and a background in Business and Economics Jeanette has identified the importance in the delivery of skills that are transferable across different domains. Recognising the value of mediation skills for future proofing students, Jeanette has facilitated the introduction of SCRAM into Rossmoyne SHS.