Family Group Conferencing

 

Family Group Conferencing (FGC) is a family-focused, strengths-based and collaborative approach to resolving family concerns. Family group conferencing offers a positive way to bring family members together, with an impartial facilitator, to create a plan for their child or young person. At Big Brown House, our trained and accredited facilitators will work closely with families, agencies and other professionals to explore a wide range of solutions to meet concerns in relation to children and young people.

 

What is Family Group Conferencing?

Family group conferencing is a formal meeting between family members, their extended support networks, agencies and other professionals to create a plan to support the care and protection of a child or young person. The family group facilitator organises the conference, however, is not involved in making any decisions; they are there to help the family develop a plan that supports the wellbeing of the child or young person.

Family group conferencing is a helpful way to work out an arrangement that everyone has participated in and agrees to, which addresses concerns about children and young people.

 

Who Is Eligible?

A Family Group Conference can be used to help families make decisions relating to issues such as;

  • Child protection and welfare
  • Youth offending
  • Education
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Placement preservation
  • Adoption
  • Custody and visitation agreements
  • Health
  • And any situation where family may be able to resolve their own issues.

 

The Stages of FGC

  • Referral – You or your caseworker will complete a referral and you’ll be contacted by a family group facilitator.
  • Preparation – Your facilitator will help you decide who you would like to attend and will meet with all participants to discuss how they can support the family. They will organise the family group conference.
  • Conference – The conference has three parts;
    • Information sharing – This is attended by all family, extended networks and professionals. Everyone will introduce themselves, talk positively about the difficulties the family is having and how they can help support them.
    • Family Time – This is private time for families to discuss and develop a plan about the concerns that were raised.
    • Agreement to the plan – The plan has to say what needs to be done, by who and when these actions will be taken. All participants, including professionals, need to agree on the plan and will receive a signed copy of the plan.
  • Implementation – The plan will be put into action.
  • Review – The facilitator will help you set a time for a review meeting. This is an opportunity for your family, your caseworker and other agencies to meet and talk about the progress of the plan.

 

How to Apply

To make an enquiry or speak with one of our accredited facilitators please call 0437223164 or click here

To download information about Family Group Conferencing click here