What happens at a Family Group Conference
The Family Group Conference Co-ordinator invites all family
members (in the widest sense) to a Meeting. This may include birth
family, step family, friends, adoptive family, neighbours; whoever
is important to your child or children.
The Co-ordinator meets with your family before the meeting to
help you understand what it will be like and what it is you are
making decisions about. The meeting takes place at a place that you
will feel comfortable with.
The Family Group Conference Co-ordinator is a neutral person who
is there to support you and everyone involved, but they do not take
On the day of the meeting the Family Group Conference
- Meet and
greet everyone and make you feel at ease.
- Share all the necessary information at the start of the
- Make sure that the family always have private family time to
discuss and plan.
- Support you in drawing up a plan that can be agreed by everyone
at the meeting.
- Consider any issues of race, gender and culture and respond
positively to any particular needs a family may have identified
throughout the process. For example the Family Group Conference
will be held in the first language of the family.
- Help any children/young people involved to find someone to
support them to share their views.
Providing the plan keeps the child/children safe, the plan will
be agreed and all involved will work to that plan. If a referrer
did feel that the plan was not safe then they must explain how the
child is placed at risk of harm and give the family the chance to
address these concerns. Some families choose to review their plan
in the future to see how it’s going.