It is important to understand that Mediation is not always successful and this can be due to:
- Both, or either, party will not engage in the process;
- There is an underlying criminal or legal issue that needs to be managed via a different route;
- There is a power imbalance between the parties which prevents the mediator bridging and brokering a way forward;
- Not open to moving on, as entrenched views or individual ‘hard wiring’ is holding them firm in their position;
- One party feels ‘guilt’ and stands in a position of defensiveness that they can’t personally move on from;
- One party feels unsafe in the presence of the other and cannot engage in the process.