Our family group conference work is a process to help families agree on a plan to support their child or children.
Children and young people are usually involved in family group conferences, 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 their maternal grandmother due to their father’s history of threatening behaviour, domestic violence, and alcohol misuse.
The FGC meant that the family could identify resources within the wider family network to support the father and mother and for the mother to gradually take over supervision of contact. Maternal grandmother and aunt explored and resolved some of their feelings about the father. The whole family agreed to work together with Children’s Services with a view to the father returning to the family when the time was right.
Read more on this case study here.
You can read more about Family Group Conference work here.