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Family Group Conferencing Service

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What is a Family Group Conference?

A Family Group Conference is a mediated formal meeting between family members and other professionals such as Social Workers and health staff in regards to the care and protection of a child or adolescent. Family Group Conferences originated in New Zealand, and were originally used to allow social work practice to work with and not against Māori values and culture.

The main aims of a Family Group Conference is to enable children who are at risk of becoming ‘looked after’ to remain with their family, to facilitate return to family care and other issues related to family care arrangements.

Family Group Conferences are aimed to allow parents, relatives and significant people to make a family plan that will protect the child’s welfare. The meeting helps makes decisions about how best to support the family and to enable the whole family to help solve problems and plan care for the benefit of the child. 

Expectations of the family

  • to devise a plan which meets the needs of the child
  • to make monitoring arrangements and back up plans to contend with changing family circumstances
  •  to attend any review meetings if required
  • to carry out the family plan as agreed during the meeting

Network Membership

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Isle of Anglesey Family Group Conferencing Service are proud to be members of the Family Rights Group Network.

Process

Stage 1: Referral

Referral made to the Family Group Conference  Service

Stage 2: Preparation

The co-ordinator organises the meeting in conjunction with the child/young person, parents and/or the immediate carers, identifying who is in the family network for the child. This can include close friends.

Stage 3: Conference

The Conference is made up of three parts

1. Information Giving
2. Private Family Time
3.Plan Agreement

Stage 4: Implementation

It is essential that everybody involved implements their part of the plan within agreed timescales and communicates and addresses any problems that arise.

Stage 5: Review

A review Family Group Conference will be offered to the family in 6 to 12 weeks so they can consider how the plan is working, and to make adjustments or change the plan if necessary.

Contact details

Family Group Conference Coordinator: Bethan Jones

Children Services, Council Offices, Llangefni, LL77 7TW

Tel: 01248 751974

Email: monfamilygroup@ynysmon.gov.uk

Contact Children's Services

Isle of Anglesey County Council
Council Building
Llangefni
Anglesey
LL77 7TW
Tel: 01248 752722 / 752733 (8.45am - 5pm)
Emergency out of hours tel: 01248 353551
Croesawir galwadau yn y Gymraeg
Police - where there is an immediate danger to a child, 0845 607 1002 (English line), 0845 607 1001 (Welsh line) or 999
Email: csdss@ynysmon.gov.uk
Fostering:fostering@ynysmon.gov.uk

Useful information

Mae'r dudalen yma a'r dogfennau cysylltiedig ar gael yn y Gymraeg. Defnyddiwch y ddolen "Cymraeg" ar ochr dde'r bar uchaf.

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