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Kids and Families Matter Program

Supporting Families as a part of the solution.

Family Group Conference
Professional Services to Support your Family.



A Family Group Conference(FGC) was originally set up as a mediated formal meeting between family members and other officials such as social workers and police in regards to the care and protection or criminal offending of a child or adolescent. They were utilized as a central part of practice and services where serious decisions about children were to be made.


A family group conference (FGC) is a structured decision-making meeting made up of ‘family’ members.
‘Family’ is determined broadly, to include the children, parents, extended family and even significant friends and neighbours to the family who may not actually be blood-related.


Family Group Conferences are used to make plans for children in a number of different contexts: Family Matters, Child Welfare, Youth Offending, Education Welfare, Domestic Violence,  Foster care Breakdown, adoption etc. There would appear to be no particular area of work where this process is unsuitable.  Some areas such as Child Protection and Youth Offending have used the process extensively, whilst others such as Education Welfare, Adoption and Adult services are still at the exploration stage.


This Process is based on a strengths perspective that believes that the family are the best ones to be making decisions regarding their children.  

This empowers family's to make their own decisions for their children. An additional benefit is that family's are more likely to stick to a plan made by themselves than a plan that has been made for them.








Kids and Families Matter

Supporting Families as a part of the solution.