Family Group Conference

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A Family Group Conference (FGC) is a mediated formal meeting between family members and other officials such as social workers and police in regards to the care and protection or criminal offending of a child or adolescent.wikipedia
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Oranga Tamariki Act 1989

Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989
The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 made them a central part of practice and services where serious decisions about children are to be made.
Considered to be groundbreaking legislation at the time, the Act introduced the Family Group Conference (FGC) as a means of making decisions about a child or young person that did not involve a Court Hearing.

New Zealand

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FGCs originated in New Zealand, and were originally used to allow social work practice to work with and not against Māori values and culture.

Māori people

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FGCs originated in New Zealand, and were originally used to allow social work practice to work with and not against Māori values and culture.

Whānau

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The Family Group Conference is where the whole whānau (family & extended family members) can help make decisions about the best way to support the family and take care of their child.

Youth offending team

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Family Group Conferences are used to make plans for children in a number of different contexts: Child Welfare, Youth Offending, Education Welfare, Domestic Violence, Children as Young Carers, Foster Breakdown, adoption etc. There would appear to be no particular area of work where this process is unsuitable.

Domestic violence

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Family Group Conferences are used to make plans for children in a number of different contexts: Child Welfare, Youth Offending, Education Welfare, Domestic Violence, Children as Young Carers, Foster Breakdown, adoption etc. There would appear to be no particular area of work where this process is unsuitable.

Restorative justice in social work

Restorative justice
The three types of restorative justice practices specific to social work are victim–offender mediation (VOM), family group conferencing (FGC), and peacemaking circles.

Restorative practices

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The family group conference (FGC) started in New Zealand in 1989 as a response to native Māori people’s concerns with the number of their children being removed from their homes by the courts.

International Institute for Restorative Practices

In 1994 the strategies employed by CSF Buxmont were influenced by a practice developed in New Zealand and Australia, originally called the Family Group Conference, and by the criminal justice reform movement that began in North America called restorative justice.

Youth justice in New Zealand

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CYPTFA established an alternative system of dealing with child and youth offenders through Family Group Conferences (FGC) and the Youth Court, with the exception of non-imprisonable traffic offences in the case of young persons.

Children 1st

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Children 1st has pioneered the use of the Family Group Conference in Scotland, and also provides a befriending service “Bfriends”, several local family support services, a number of abuse and trauma recovery services across Scotland, and the national Safeguarding in Sport service.