Source: (2009) Family Court Review. 47(1):38-52.

What are the essential elements of a successful child protection mediation program? What outcomes are we seeking? How do we define success? How do these inform or direct program development so that it supports these outcomes? How do we know if it is working? And, how do we start out on the right foot? We are in the enviable position now, after 25 or so years, to benefit from lessons learned from the experiences of many programs. This article provides a 25-year perspective on key elements that have contributed to the success of child protection mediation programs. (Author's Abstract)