What is a Family Group Conferencing (FGC)?

What is a Family Group Conferencing (FGC)?

From time-to-time, families have difficulties caring for their children and this can be for many different reasons. Family group conferencing is a way of bringing family members together in a positive way with an impartial facilitator to make a plan for their child or young person. A principle of family group conferencing is that families are asked to help develop their own solutions. This way of working acknowledges that families know themselves better than anyone else. Family members are encouraged to support each other and take back responsibility for themselves; helping to address families’ feelings that statutory services make decisions for families rather than together with them. An independent family group conference coordinator works to bring the extended family, kin and community together to explore issues affecting the child and support family members to find their own resolutions to keep the child or young person safe, healthy and happy.

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