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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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FGCs and harmful sexual behaviour

FGCs and harmful sexual behaviour

(p.155) Ten FGCs and harmful sexual behaviour
Family Group Conferences in Social Work

Monique Anderson

Policy Press

This chapter examines the potential and some of the risks of family group conferences (FGCs) in cases where young people have displayed harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). By definition, HSB causes hurt and can lead to trauma, particularly for the young victim, who may experience negative consequences into adulthood. Young perpetrators may have transgressed social norms or even broken laws, but they have often themselves experienced victimisation and will have welfare needs. Importantly, FGCs are not zero-sum constructions that require victim needs to be met at the expense of the perpetrator. Rather, FGCs are ‘child-sensitive’ processes, because they prioritise the safety and value the needs of all young people involved, while promoting their reintegration into the community.

Keywords:   family group conferences, harmful sexual behaviour, trauma, victimisation, child welfare, sexual harm, sexual violence

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