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Family Group Conference Service

What do we offer?

A Family Group Conference (FGC) is a meeting for family and friends to come together to be involved in the decisions that are being made for a child or young person where concerns have been identified. The main aim of our service is to empower families and friends to take responsibility for the child and to find solutions to address family and professional concerns. It is a voluntary process and families must consent to the referral.

Children and young people are normally involved in their own Family Group Conference, although often with support from an advocate. They can also design their own invitations and choose refreshments for the meeting if they wish. An independent Family Group Conference coordinator will prepare the family for their meeting and explore support from extended family members and friends.

During the meeting, professionals set out their concerns and offer advice on what support could be available. Family members then have private family time to make a safe plan for the child. The family will also have the opportunity to attend a further meeting 3 months later to review their plan.

Why choose us?

Our team of skilled and experienced FGC Coordinators are passionate and enthusiastic about empowering the families we work with to take the lead in decision-making. We will work flexibly to meet the needs of families and professionals to ensure the meeting runs at a date and time suitable for all. The meeting will be family-led and will provide a comfortable and safe space to allow families to come up with a safe and viable plan for their children.

What is provided free?

The following aspects of the meeting are free:
• A children’s advocate to support the child or young person throughout the process.
• A family friendly venue for the meeting
• Refreshments
• Materials – invites, family plans

What is chargeable

All other aspctes of the service are chargeable.

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

This service will be supplied on an ad hoc/on demand basis; please contact us to discuss your needs or for any queries.

 

Contact Point

Lisa McNally, Family Group Conference and New Beginnings Manager
Telephone: 01793 465111
Email:        FGCservice@swindon.gov.uk

 

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