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Family Group Conferences in Social Work: Involving Families in Social Care Decision Making

Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson


Family group conferences (FGCs) are a strengths based approach to social work practice, empowering families to take responsibility for decision-making. It is a cost-effective service, which is currently used by the majority of local authorities. This book discusses the origins and theoretical underpinnings of family-led decision-making and brings together the current research on the efficacy and limitations of FGCs into a single text. The book also covers topics such as the use of FGCs in different areas of children and families social work, uses case studies to illustrate current practice, an ... More

Keywords: family group conferences, social work practice, families, family decision-making, children, FGCs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447335801
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deanna Edwards, editor

Kate Parkinson, editor
University of Salford

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Part One Introducing Family Group Conferences

One Introduction

Deanna Edwards

Four The policy and legislative context

Deanna Edwards, Kate Parkinson and Marilyn Taylor

Five Research, policy and practice

Nick Frost and Bernie Jackson

Six Family members’ experiences

Deanna Edwards and family members who have been part of an FGC

Part Two Family Group Conferences in Practice

Eight Addressing domestic abuse through FGCs

Kate Parkinson and Michaela Rogers

Nine FGCs with marginalised communities

Iyabo Ayodele Fatimilehin

Eleven FGCs in the youth justice system

Jonny Cohen and Dave Norton with Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson

Twelve FGCs and adult social care

Tim Fisher, Beth Mooney and Andrew Papworth

Thirteen Conclusion

Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson

End Matter