The A-Z of Mediation: Disclosure/Non-Disclosure

Posted on: March 6th, 2023

Disclosure and Non-Disclosure are both key aspects of the mediation process. On one hand, an exchange of information is absolutely necessary to resolve interpersonal conflict. Mediation is a way for people to air their thoughts, feelings, and grievances in order to rebuild or repair a relationship.

Because of this, we want participants to willingly share information with each other and ourselves. We do this by building trust, establishing rapport, and showing empathy, resulting in an environment where everybody feels comfortable and confident in sharing information.

On the other hand, mediation is also a confidential process, allowing for conflict to be resolved privately and without fear of repercussions.

The importance disclosure & non-disclosure

As such, mediators play a crucial role in ensuring confidentiality. Through each stage of the process, we must be sure to maintain confidentiality:

Despite all of this, there are extenuating circumstances as to when information should be disclosed to the relevant parties/authorities. These include:

How is the mediator protected?

It’s important to remember as well that confidentiality and non-disclosure don’t just benefit the parties. It also protects the mediator once the case has concluded: they can't then be called up as a witness or for questioning if, for whatever reason, the dispute goes down the legal route.

So, while there are exceptions to the rule, non-disclosure is a core principle in the practice of mediation. Not only does it protect both the participants and the mediator, but it is also one of the main reasons why mediation works well when resolving conflict.

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