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  • Writer's pictureLaura Power Wharton

Catch up on our webinar: Family Group Conferences

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

Catch up on our webinar where we explore the current state and future directions of Family Group Conferences.

The webinar was hosted by David Fairhurst our Executive Chair and featured a panel discussion with leading thinkers from the sector who discussed the developments and trends in FGCs in children’s and adult services including in the context of Covid-19. Thank you to Kathy Nuza, Tim Fisher and Peter Marsh for their contributions.

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Camden Council’s visual representation of a FGC can be found here.

Word clouds showing participants responses to two questions about FGCs are available here: FGC Q1 and FGC Q2.

About the webinar

Family led decision making can be difficult to enact but over the past few decades Family Group Conferences (FGCs) have proved an effective way to do this by facilitating a joint process with families and professionals to develop workable plans for vulnerable individuals.

While FGCs are widely used across many local authorities, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised a number of questions about how to best deliver these in the new world.

To help you respond to these challenges, we hosted a panel discussion, sharing the latest innovations and learning from FGCs to help inform the development of the model in your local authority, both now and in the long term.

David Fairhurst from Mutual Ventures discussed the most pressing topics in FGC today with leading thinkers from the sector:

  1. Kathy Nuza (FGC Lead, Bi-Borough Local Authorities)

  2. Tim Fisher (Service Manager for FGC and Restorative Practice, London Borough of Camden)

  3. Professor Peter Marsh, (Emeritus Professor of Child & Family Welfare, University of Sheffield)

In this interactive, panel discussion they discussed:

  1. The current developments and trends in FGCs for children’s services including how these have been affected by COVID-19.

  2. How FGCs have also developed within adult social care and mental health, plus the outcomes and challenges this has presented

  3. How services can and should respond to FGC decision-making and what changes are needed to make this work well

  4. What future areas for investigation and research will help support further development of the FGC model


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