LocalGovernmentLawyer Adult Social Care 2017 21 To what extent are those who deal with a range of Court of Protection disputes aware of the benefits and risks of mediation? Partially aware 70.8% Not aware at all 25.0% Completely aware 4.2% Where P lacks capacity to express wishes and feelings regarding the issues being mediated, what is the most appropriate way for Pā€™s best interests be represented during the mediation? Response Percent Advocate 32.0% Litigation Friend 28.0% Solicitor 24.0% Family 4.0% Friend 4.0% Carer 0.0% Other 8.0% In addition to accredited mediation training, what specialist knowledge and experience should mediators have? Mental Capacity Act 88.0% Capacity 84.0% Court of Protection 80.0% Understanding family dynamics 64.0% Safeguarding 56.0% Dementia 52.0% Health and community care issues 48.0% Learning disability 44.0% Abuse 44.0% The ageing process and dynamics of ageing 36.0% Other 28.0% Case Studies Section two asks for information about case studies in relation to the types of issues mediated, funding, success rates, benefits and advantages, challenges and frustrations and costs savings . Below are some initial findings taken from the information of the 27 case studies submitted What was your role regarding the mediation? Mediator 46.4% Solicitor 35.7% Barrister 14.3% Local authority officer 7.1% Did the court order mediation? No 64.3% Yes 35.7% If yes, what did the court order the parties to do? Attend and/or participate in mediation 61.5% Consider mediation or ADR 7.7% Other 30.8% What were the issues to be mediated? Residence 59.3% Care arrangements 55.6% Contact 44.4% Finance and property 29.6% Power of Attorney 22.2% Deputyship 22.2% Holidays 14.8% Deprivation of Liberty 11.1% Medical treatment 7.4% Statutory wills 7.4% Withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment 0.0% Other 14.8% When did the mediation take place? During proceedings 66.7% Before proceedings Commenced 29.6% After proceedings 3.7% A mediator dealing with Court of Protection disputes will need to consider whether P has capacity to 'participate' in mediation directly by attending in person or with a form of support. Support may be in the form of a support person or representative such as an advocate, lawyer, family member or caregiver, or in the form of physical and/or other accommodations. In this case study did P have capacity to participate either directly by attending in person or with support? No they didn't participate 78.9% Yes with support but they did not attend 21.1% Yes without support 0.0% Yes with support and they Attended 0.0% If yes with support, how was P supported to participate in the mediation? Official Solicitor 62.5% Relevant Person's Representative 12.5% Paid representative 12.5% Litigation friend 0.0% Registered intermediary 0.0% Advocate 0.0% Communication aids 0.0% Adjustments to time or Venue 0.0% Other 25.0% Were P's wishes and feelings about the issue being mediated able to be conveyed by P or on P's behalf? Yes 59.3% No 40.7% If yes, how were P's wishes and feelings made known? Please tick all which apply. Family 36.4% Legal representative 27.3% Social work professional 27.3% Advocate 18.2% Relevant Person's Representative 18.2% Health professional 9.1% Directly 0.0% Paid representative 0.0% Carer 0.0% Registered intermediary 0.0% Other 18.2% Was P represented at the mediation? No 58.3% Yes 41.7% How was the mediation conducted? By sole mediator 57.1% Pre-mediation telephone Calls 53.6% Full day 46.4% Shuttle mediation 39.3% Round table meeting (RTM) 28.6% Combination of RTM and shuttle mediation 28.6% Pre-mediation meetings 21.4% Half day 10.7% Telephone mediation 7.1% By co-mediators 7.1% Series of meetings over a period of time 7.1% Other 17.9% How was the mediation funded? Shared between the parties 48.1% Local authority paid all costs 37.0% Contribution from Legal Aid Agency 14.8% Health body paid all costs 7.4% Other 7.4% Was an agreement reached? Yes ā€“ written agreement signed on the day 51.9% No 22.2% Yes ā€“ written agreement after the mediation 18.5% Yes ā€“ verbal agreement 7.4% If Yes, were the terms of the agreement incorporated into a court order? Yes 59.1% No 40.9%