Family Group ConferenceTuesday, 3 July 12
A Family Group Conference is called when                     A child or young person is considered to be in need          ...
There are three parts to the FGC                     Information Sharing                     Private Family Discussion    ...
Who is involved in the FGC                     The Child or Young person                     Family members by blood links...
Sharing Information                     The Social worker will share their worries about the child or                     ...
The FGC is a legal process                     Sensitive information is shared, so conference members are                 ...
Care or Protection?                     Family members will be asked if they AGREE that the child or                     y...
Private Family Time                     All the professionals leave the room                     Family members consider t...
Reaching Agreement                     The family report back to the the conference about what they                     be...
The FGC Plan can include:                     Court Orders                Supports to be provided                         ...
After the FGC                     The Care and Protection Coordinator records the Plan and                     sends a cop...
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  1. 1. Family Group ConferenceTuesday, 3 July 12
  2. 2. A Family Group Conference is called when A child or young person is considered to be in need of care and protection or ‘at risk’ and the family has tried to resolve it without success, but there is still evidence of serious harm or risk of harm A long term change of caregiver is proposed Directed by the Family CourtTuesday, 3 July 12
  3. 3. There are three parts to the FGC Information Sharing Private Family Discussion Reaching Agreement and formulating a PlanTuesday, 3 July 12
  4. 4. Who is involved in the FGC The Child or Young person Family members by blood links, kinship or friends The Care and Protection Coordinator The Social Worker Community Agencies, Teachers, Psychologists, Counsellors, Police, Legal Advisors Lawyer for the child or young personTuesday, 3 July 12
  5. 5. Sharing Information The Social worker will share their worries about the child or young person They will explain why they believe the child is in need of care and protection and will talk about what they have already done to help the family, what has worked and what hasn’t Other professionals like teachers, the Police, Counsellors and Community Agencies will be asked to share their worriesTuesday, 3 July 12
  6. 6. The FGC is a legal process Sensitive information is shared, so conference members are asked to keep discussions confidential Family should not be hurried into making a decisionTuesday, 3 July 12
  7. 7. Care or Protection? Family members will be asked if they AGREE that the child or young person is in need of care or protection? If family agree, they meet in private to make decisions about their child or young person If they do NOT AGREE the meeting ends and the matter is referred back to the social worker or the Family CourtTuesday, 3 July 12
  8. 8. Private Family Time All the professionals leave the room Family members consider the information they have heard and discuss ideas about how the worries can be resolved Family members can make recommendations about care arrangements, family contact, family support, agency support, monitoring and other mattersTuesday, 3 July 12
  9. 9. Reaching Agreement The family report back to the the conference about what they believe is in the best interests of the child The conference then agrees on a plan Tasks and responsibilities are recorded and agreements are madeTuesday, 3 July 12
  10. 10. The FGC Plan can include: Court Orders Supports to be provided by family, agency or Care arrangements - Child Youth and Family where the child will live Contingency Plan Contact - How can family members have When and how the plan contact will be reviewed Tasks to be completed and timeframesTuesday, 3 July 12
  11. 11. After the FGC The Care and Protection Coordinator records the Plan and sends a copy to family members and all those involved in the Plan. The Family Court is sent a copy of the Plan if there are applications lodged thereTuesday, 3 July 12

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