Family Group Conference Service

“Given the information, the power and the resources, families can make safe decisions for their children” (Department of Social Welfare (NZ), 1990)

What is a Family Group Conference?

Family Group Conferences (FGC's - can also be known as family group meetings) is a family-led planning meeting to address identified concerns (normally in relation to children's welfare).

Sometimes difficult situations can be more easily managed with the help from relatives and friends when they are made aware of the issues. A Family Group Conference is a good way of achieving this.

During the meeting family and friends have private time to draw up a plan, which will be agreed by agencies as long as it is safe.

The family are the decision makers in an FGC and any plan produced by them to address the concerns raised in respect of the child/ young person should be accepted and resourced unless it places the child/young person at risk. (NI Regional guidance for FGC )

The conference is organised and led by an Independent Co-ordinator who has been trained for the role.