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Policies govern our membership and strengthen our organization

Standards of Practice

The OAFM Standards of Practice is an organization wide agreement created to give Ontario’s Family Mediators a code of conduct and standard of professionalism. It details the priorities that all Family Mediators should have and governs the relationship between practitioners, their clients and other professionals.

All OAFM Members must agree and abide by the standards of practice as a part of their terms of being a member. It protects the principles and integrity of Family Mediation and the interests of those who voluntarily participate in our organization.

Policy on Abuse

OAFM and its members abide by a strict policy on verbal and physical abuse between mediation participants, especially when children are involved. Our policy was created in 1994 after meeting with numerous organizations and professionals involved in domestic violence, and women and children’s advocacy.

Accredited Family Mediators are specially trained to recognize volatile situations with, or with the potential of, domestic violence and can advise individuals accordingly. Family Mediation should not be applied in cases of domestic abuse unless the Family Mediator is further qualified in these special cases.

Insurance Requirements

All Accredited Members (AccFM) and Associate OAFM Members must obtain and maintain professional liability insurance as practising family mediators. A Minimum $1 Million Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance covering Family Mediation is required. General insurance will NOT suffice, only E&O insurance will satisfy requirements.

For those seeking insurance or exploring their options, OAFM offers a list of recommended insurance providers.

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