Mediation is confidential

Family mediation is confidential. The mediator is subject to a stricter secrecy obligation than other social workers, which sets mediation apart from the other guidance and assistance services provided by the social welfare authorities. The mediator must not disclose any information he or she has received in the course of mediation to any third parties – not even to a court, should he or she be called to give evidence in a trial. The mediator has no right to acquire any information on the family from other authorities on his or her own initiative. The mediator is not, however, bound by the secrecy obligation, if a need for child welfare measures comes up during the mediation. In that event, the mediator is obliged to notify the child welfare authorities.