Family Group Conferencing
What is a Family Group Conference?
Family Group Conferencing (FGC) is a voluntary, inclusive and restorative approach to decision-making, especially for disputes and issues relating to or involving young children. It involves family members coming together with a professional to make significant decisions for one of their own. FGC promotes respectful and strength based engagement with family members and vulnerable persons in planning to meet what is in the best interests of the person. FGC invites extended family members to take a lead role in making decisions for the benefit of, and where necessary, attending to any harm experienced by ‘one of their own.’
A Family Group Conference is a process where family members and their supports (e.g. friend, advocate, etc):
1. Convene a meeting between extended family, supports and professionals
2. Share concerns and needs
3. Explore solutions and supports
4. Make decisions and develop a plan of support
5. Appoint a ‘key worker’
6. Agree how they will review their plan
7. Review Meeting
What happens during Family Group Conferencing?
Basically, by coming together with a professional mediator such as our team members here at Blue Horizon Counselling and Mediation, you will go through four key stages toward a solution.
- Preparation stage
- Information sharing stage
- Family private time
- Present the family plan
By the time the family plan is presented, a solid resolution and plan has been agreed to and taken shape for your family.