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Family Group Conferences in Social WorkInvolving Families in Social Care Decision Making$
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Deanna Edwards and Kate Parkinson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447335801

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447335801.001.0001

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Research, policy and practice

Research, policy and practice

(p.68) Five Research, policy and practice
Family Group Conferences in Social Work

Nick Frost

Bernie Jackson

Policy Press

This chapter examines research evidence that underpins family group conferences (FGCs) and addresses its implications for policy and practice. There are powerful value-based reasons for engaging with FGCs. The evidence base around the process of FGCs is strong; families find the process, in the main, empowering and engaging. Meanwhile, the evidence base in relation to the outcomes of FGCs is mixed in relation to both safeguarding and care placements, as studies have found positive, negative, and neutral outcomes following FGCs. There is no doubt that there is a requirement for more outcome-focused studies of FGCs. Nevertheless, as many researchers argue, there is enough evidence and professional and family-based experience to make a powerful argument for the embedding of FGCs in child welfare policy and practice.

Keywords:   family group conferences, research evidence, FGC process, FGC outcome, safeguarding, care placements, child welfare policy, child welfare practice

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