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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has been made of the implications for his policies of the Family Mediation Council's proposals entitled Covid-19 and the Family Justice System – Meeting the Challenge: Potential Contributions by the Family Mediation Profession, published 6 May 2020.
We have been in regular communication with the Family Mediation Council throughout the Covid-19 response and welcome the chance to work closely with the sector during this time. We know that now is a particularly difficult time for families, as relationships are placed under intense pressures, and we are committed to championing mediation as a suitable option for many of these families. My officials are currently reviewing the proposals in detail and will be in touch with the Family Mediation Council to discuss further shortly.