Family group conferences (FGCs) are a strengths-based approach to social work practice, empowering families to take responsibility for decision-making. It is a cost-effective service, which is currently used by the majority of local authorities.
This collection discusses the origins and theoretical underpinnings of family led decision making and brings together the current research on the efficacy and limitations of FGCs into a single text.
This insightful book also covers topics such as the use of FGCs in different areas of children and families social work, uses cases studies to illustrate current practice, and explores whether FGCs should become a mainstream function of children and families social work.
Part I: Introducing FGCs
Introduction ~ Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson
The theoretical context for Family Group Conferences ~ Kate Parkinson
A guide to convening a Family Group Conference ~ Deanna Edwards
The Policy and Legislative Context ~ Deanna Edwards, Kate Parkinson and Marilyn Taylor
Research, policy and practice ~ Nick Frost and Bernie Jackson
Family member experiences ~ Deanna Edwards and family members who have been part of a FGC
An international perspective ~ Kate Parkinson
Part II: FGCs in Practice
Addressing domestic abuse through Family Group Conferences ~ Kate Parkinson and Michaela Rogers
Family Group Conferencess with marginalised communities ~ Iyabo Fatimilehin
Family Group Conferences and harmful sexual behaviour ~ Monique Anderson
Family Group Conferencing in the youth justice system ~ Jonny Cohen and Dave Norton
Family Group Conferences and adult social care ~ Tim Fisher, Beth Mooney and Andrew Papworth
Conclusion ~ Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson
“This book brings together a wide range of practitioner and academic detailed expertise – a must read for students and practitioners alike.” Dr Andrew Wills, University of Plymouth