Resolve Devon was form in 2017 by Mabel and Helen. We originally started operating as Children1st Mediation and since then we have developed a number of new areas in line with our skills and expertise. At Resolve Devon we aim to empower and enable families, individuals and communities to improve their lives by offering an inclusive, affordable resolution service which enables them to take control and reach a decision or resolution over difficulties or disputes that they are experiencing.
Resolve Devon will be available to individuals and groups within the communities of Plymouth and beyond who are facing difficulty whether this is within a families, neighbourhoods, communities and at work. This may be as a result of relationship breakdown, anti-social behavior or where victims and offenders are seeking reparation.
We believe that most people if given the right support and opportunity, can reach their own solutions to the problems and difficulties they are facing. Working in a restorative way to resolve conflict will strengthen and empower individuals and communities now, which will impact significantly in the future as to how people resolve things for themselves without the need for adversarial processes.
I have spent the past 14 years working in restorative practice as a practitioner and for the past 10 years as a Manager of an alternate dispute resolutions service.
I am passionate about enabling and empowering individuals and communities to resolve disputes themselves without the need for more adversarial interventions. I have extensive specialist knowledge and experience in Family Group Conferencing; Family Mediation and Restorative Justice (RJ). I also trained in the delivery of community conferences; workplace mediation; narrative mediation; parent child mediation; Solution focused communication and have delivered and supervised the delivery of these models.
Having qualified as a Family Mediator in 2011, I am registered with the Family Mediation Association and the
Family Mediation Council to undertake Legal Aid work and qualified to undertake Mediation Information Assessment Meetings as a pre–requisite for those wishing to making an application to court for child or financial arrangements.
I developed a model Child Welfare (protection) Mediation for Families involved with Social Services and have successfully delivered over 100 complex child welfare mediation to families in both private and public law cases. I have been instrumental in the development and delivery of Adult victim led RJ across the county of Devon including Plymouth since 2014 and I am qualified and experienced at delivering RJ in sensitive and complex cases.
I am an experienced trainer and have extensive experience at training professionals in the Child protection
environments, Family Group Conferencing and other forms of alternate dispute resolution and restorative practice.
After my early career in the arts and music, my own family life fostered an interest in social and family dynamics. Conflict appears to be apparent at all levels of society; structurally and personally, I have been drawn towards mediation which offers a way forward in resolving conflict. As a mature student I went on to study Sociology at the University of Exeter, followed initially by training in family mediation and community mediation.
I have over 10 years experience as a mediator with qualifications in family, community & neighbourhood, Civil, Commercial & Workplace Mediation. I am also fully qualified as an integrative humanistic counsellor, family group conference coordinator and restorative justice practitioner.
I am accredited with the Family Mediation Council to undertake Legal Aid work and qualified to undertake Mediation Information Assessment Meetings as a pre–requisite for those wishing to making an application to court for child or financial arrangements.
I am one of a few specialist mediators able to undertake child welfare mediation in cases where there are
safeguarding issues and local authority involvement. I am fully DBS checked and qualified to work with children and young people as part of the mediation process.