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 Family Group Conferences;
Introduction ~ Deanna Edwards;
The theoretical context for FGCs ~ Kate Parkinson;
A guide to convening a FGC ~ Deanna Edwards;
The policy and legislative context ~ Deanna Edwards, Kate Parkinson and Marilyn Taylor;
Research, policy and practice ~ Nick Frost and Bernie Jackson;
Family members' experiences ~ Deanna Edwards and family members who have been part of a FGC;
An international perspective ~ Kate Parkinson;
Part II: Family Group Conferences in Practice;
Addressing domestic abuse through FGCs ~ Kate Parkinson and Michaela Rogers;
FGCs with marginalised communities ~ Iyabo Ayodele Fatimilehin;
FGCs and harmful sexual behaviour ~ Monique Anderson;
FGCs in the youth justice system ~ Jonny Cohen and Dave Norton;
FGCs 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