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Schools Conflict Resolution and Mediation

The Schools Conflict Resolution and Mediation project, or SCRAM, is an interactive role-play competition for Western Australian Year 9 and 10 high school students that facilitate the development of peaceful dispute resolution awareness and skills in secondary school communities.

Students mediate simulated disputes that relate to their everyday lives. The outcome of the mediated process is a mutual agreement that acknowledges the needs of all involved.

SCRAM is an ongoing initiative of Western Australian Dispute Resolution Association (WADRA) and ECU's Faculty of Business and Law is the principal sponsor for the program.

The faculty co-ordinates and administers the program in conjunction with the SCRAM committee, hosting training events, updating promotional materials, maintaining the website and providing an important communication link between the schools, coaches, adjudicators and committee.

The Faculty of Business & Law has a genuine interest in dispute resolution through mediation and it offers various units in the area of mediation and arbitration.

The program has significant benefits for the students engaged in the process and can assist them in resolving issues in their own lives, something recognised in the decision to recognise SCRAM at the 2005 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention awards.

Key ECU Staff

Professor Mark Stoney, Cassie Lister.

Engagement Partners

Western Australian Dispute Resolution Association, Association of Dispute Resolvers, Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, Legal Aid WA, Relationships Australia WA, Citizens Advice Bureau, Centrecare.

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