Guidelines for Volunteer Mediators

Note: All mediators MUST receive program training (Level One and/or Level Two) before conducting victim-offender mediation sessions as per EJS guidelines.

  • Volunteers must allow the RCMP to determine if he/she has a criminal record – update every two years.
  • Volunteers must sign an oath of confidentiality after undergoing training.
  • Explain to the young offenders that he/she is pleading guilty to the offence that they were charged with, when they agree to participate in the Extrajudicial Sanctions Program (Alternative Measures).
  • Volunteer Mediators will get the young offender to sign and date an agreement to participate in the Extrajudicial Sanctions Program (Alternative Measures).
  • Volunteer Mediators should begin each session with a summary of the facts / previous meetings and involve all parties in the discussion.  Volunteer Mediators should remain neutral at all times; do not find fault or lay blame since the role of the mediator is not one of being judgmental.
  • All meetings with young offenders will take place in neutral setting; should not be conducted in private residence; personal safety should be considered which does not leave the mediator vulnerable to personal risks.
  • Volunteer Mediators will meet with the young offender to arrange a contract and oversee the completion of said contract. A contract must be acceptable by all parties involved in mediation.
  • Arrange to have the file returned to the program chair as soon as it is completed or determined to be incomplete.
  • All requests for disclosure of information or a copy of any file material shall be forwarded to the Committee Chairperson(s).

CAYJC Modified Form A-2 (Revised March 04)