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Family, culture and child inclusive practice
How Family Group Conferencing can equip organisations and their staff with a framework for better practice.
Family Group Conferencing principles recognise the importance of family and culture in a child’s life and the importance of drawing on kinship networks if a child’s primary caregivers require additional help. The process acknowledges that it takes a village to raise a child and includes the rights of the child in decisions that affect them.
The input of schools, welfare agencies and others is valued but not central to the decision-making. In Family Group Conferencing, the family decides how best to keep a child safe or create lasting positive change.
Family Group Conferencing is an independently facilitated, family-led decision-making process where a Family Group Conference Facilitator assists authorities and families in communicating concerns about a child or children. Families, usually including the young people, then make decisions and plan to overcome the issues and concerns in a way that maintains a connection to family and culture.
Understand how to use Family Group Conferencing in your organisation or individual work with families today.
Meet your hosts
Eve Clare is the Founder and Family Group Conference Facilitator from Many Hands. She has a strong knowledge of family work and has worked closely with child protection agencies to assist in building safe homes for children and their families.
Eve is a NMAS Accredited Professional Mediator, Certified Family Group Conference Facilitator and Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
Joanne is the Founder of Mediation Institute and co-founder of the not-for-profit Interact Support and Spreadable Ideas.
Joanne provides professional mediation and family dispute resolution services, including workplace mediation, family dispute resolution, transformative relationship mediation and various coaching and training services.
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