Family Group Conferencing (FGC)

FGC is a meeting for the family, giving them the opportunity to come together and make a decision regarding the well-being of the children and young people. It is a voluntary meeting and the family cannot be forced to take part.

All our FGC Coordinators have many years of experience and are also trained mediators. This enables them to offer mediation when families are finding it difficult to come together.

What do we mean by Family?

Family are people who play an important role in the life of the children and young people. Family can often be people who are not related, such as friends, neighbours, or other members of the community.

What will happen next?

A Family Group Conference Coordinator will work with you to arrange for the family to come together for a meeting. Your meeting will take place at a time and place to suit you.
Your meeting will be in three parts:

1. Your coordinator will ask the person who is working with you (this is usually a social worker) to talk about the issues they believe are affecting your family. Your family will also be given plenty of time to ask questions.

2. Then you and your family will be left alone for as long as you need to make a plan.

3. Finally, everyone will come back together to try to ensure that your plans are in the best interests of your children or young people.
You will always be given the opportunity to review your Family Plan at a later date.

Mediation

Sometimes mediation can be used to help resolve conflict within the family.
The co-coordinator will meet with the family members separately and then organise a joint meeting where the family's issues can be discussed and an agreement reached.

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