Family Group Conferencing

 

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Family Group Conferencing (FGC's), is a strategy that facilitates child-focused, family-led decision making. Often, concerns in relation to a child's safety, or their families' capacity to keep them safe, and secure, triggers increased agency involvement. What level an organisation or government department becomes involved in the child's life, depends on the level of concern, and degree of risk. 

Families, particularly families who are in need, are resourceful, and it's important for us to recognise, they can make decisions for themselves. 

Often when assessing, and monitoring a family's capacity to care, and support a child, a number of assessments take place, in order to accurately inform decisions. Family Group Conferencing is a tool used to support families making decisions for themselves. Statistically, research suggests:

 

  • Families are more likely to implement and stick to a plan they created, as opposed to a plan developed by an agency.

  • 86% of families who participated in Family Group Conferences reported that through the process of the conference, it was the first time they felt 'heard' or 'consulted.'

  • Family Group Conferences have proven to be successful for agencies too. Often, organisations will establish their 'bottom-lines' or 'non-negotiables' that the family will have to meet in order for the agency to be satisfied that they can keep their children safe. In 90% of Family Group Conferences, agencies approved the Family Plan developed by the family during the conference. 

  • Often, families experience conflict, and family relationships have been ruptured. Research has proven that Family Group Conferences support the repair of ruptured family relationships. 

Family Group Conferencing, empowers families to take the lead, in making decisions to best support their family, and improve outcomes for themselves, and their children. A Family Group Conference facilitator is often 'neutral,' and convenes the conference, in a way that supports positive conversation, in a community-based environment, to support families to work collaboratively to negotiate and mediate outcomes that meet the needs of their child. 

 

Individuals, family members, and agencies can make a referral to Welcommunity for a Family Group Conference. After receiving your referral, we may contact you again for further information to support your referral. Once accepted, the preparation and information gathering stage will begin. 

 

You can download our Family Group Conferencing information brochure here, to find out more about the process of Family Group Conferences. For further information, or to make a referral, please contact us via email or mobile phone
 

FGC  Brochure

Child & Family Consultant

Child Protection Service

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