Our family group conference work is a process to help families agree a plan to support their child or children.
Children and young people are normally involved in their own family group conference, although often with support from an advocate. It is a voluntary process and families cannot be forced to have a family group conference.
One example of our family group conference (FGC) work is a White British family, who were referred with three children being cared for by maternal grandmother due to father’s history of threatening behaviour, domestic violence and alcohol misuse.
The FGC meant that the family was able to identify resources within the wider family network to support father and mother, and for mother to gradually take over supervision of contact. Maternal grandmother and aunt explored and resolved some of the their feelings about father and the whole family agreed to work together with Children’s Services with a view to father returning to the family when the time was right.
Read more on this case study here.
Read more about Family Group Conference work here.