This work focuses on the use of family group conferences to meet these goals, encouraging all family members to work and plan together for the welfare of children. Child welfare professionals have increasingly come to realize the importance of working towards a "partnership" with parents, even when children cannot be looked after at home or where there are serious problems in caring for them. In recent years, ideas on partnership have been developed to include more involvement of other relatives in thinking about the child's welfare. The book assists the professional to put the planning and theory of the conferences into practice. It examines the context, origins and development of social services. It also looks at the interaction between the families and the professionals, and the role of conferences in relation to specific situations, such as child protection. The book offers views from professionals and families on the practicalities of family group conferences, how they are managed and their outcomes. It provides an outline of "best practice" for staff and for trainers, and includes examples from conferences in practice.
Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction: Care Services and Families:; Families, services and child welfare problems; Deciding seriousness; Engaging in the debate; Gaining agreement; Developing services; The Family Gorup Conference programme; Conclusions; 2 Families and Child Welfare:; Families in the UK; Help and the family; The meaning of family; Conclusions; 3 Family Group Conferences: Policy and Practice:; The background of Family Group Conferences; Key dimensions of a Family Group Conference; The process of Family Group Conferencs; A rough guide to co-ordinating Family Group Conferences; Conclusions; 4 Establishing Family Group Conferences:; Implementation in child welfare; Training; A rough guide to training for family group conferences; The projects in action; Conclusions; 5 International Developments and Research:; The international dimension; The research data; International research: key themes; Conclusions; 6 The Process: Family Group Conferences in Action:; The conference members; The process; Participants' view of the model; Conclusions; 7 Co-ordinators' Work:; Experiences of the "rough guide" traveller; Thinking of the conference as a special, theatrical event; The co-ordinator's conclusions; 8 Outcomes:;The plans; Implementation; Outcomes; Comparing outcomes; Unplanned outcomes; Conclusions; 9 The Next Stages: Child welfare, partnership and Family Group Conferences; Costs and benefits; Implementation; The way forward;; References; Index.
Series: Working Together For Children, Young People And Their Families
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 8th December 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 234.77 x 157.32
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1