Berkshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures
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3.6 Family Group Conferences

RELEVANT FORM

Click here to view the Family Group Conference Referral Form.


Contents

  1. Principles of Family Group Conferences (FGC)
  2. The Role of the Coordinator


1. Principles of Family Group Conferences (FGC)

A FGC is a decision making meeting, arranged and chaired by an Independent Co-ordinator, based on the principle of partnership. It is a means of enabling families to find solutions to their difficulties within a professionally supportive framework. The process aims to make use of the family's strengths and resources and seeks to respect the family's values and culture.

Referral Process

If an assessment identifies that there is a specific decision that needs to be made about a child such as:

  • "Where will a child live?";
  • "How to keep a child safe?";
  • "What does a family need to cope better?".

It may be appropriate to hold a Family Group Conference in these circumstances.

The FGC Manager will agree the referral. The referral form needs to be completed with the family. The FG manager is willing to visit the family with you to explain the process.

Following receipt of the referral form the FGC manager will allocate the referral to the appropriate co-ordinator.The co-ordinator will visit the family to further clarify the principles and ethos of the Family Group Conference. They will also discuss the specific issues, concerns and decisions that need to be made about the child.

The referrer will advise the professionals involved of the referral. The referrer does not need to provide the Family Group Conference with a report but needs to present their concerns/ and or presenting issues and be clear about what support services are available?


2. The Role of the Coodinator 

  1. To contact all the relevant people (as agreed with the family) and invite them to the Family Group Conference;
  2. Organise the venue and refreshments;
  3. Prepare the family for the Family Group Conference;
  4. To Chair the meeting;
  5. Type up and distribute the plan to all those who attended the Family Group Conference.

Click here to view the Family Group Conferences Flowchart.

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