Family Group Conferencing

A Family Group Conference (FGC) is a meeting of extended family and relevant professionals to consider the welfare of a child and to decide if possible on a suitable course of action. Participants are encouraged to plan a way forward when there are concerns about a child or children for whom decisions need to be made.

As many family members as possible are invited to attend such as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. Professionals attending can include the family social worker, health visitor and/or teacher.

The FGC is arranged by an Independent Coordinator who works alongside the family to organise it .The meeting then takes place at a time and place that suits the family best.

The Family Group Conference has key stages:

Information Giving
Frame for decisions
Private Family Time
Plan and Agreement

The aim of a FGC is to enable families to make plans to ensure the safety and well-being of their children. It also gives families and the children themselves a voice in making decisions regarding their future.

Referrals to the FGC Service are made by a child’s social worker.

Contact details

Family Group Conference Service Manager
Community Services Centre
Whiteabbey Hospital
Doagh Road
BT37 9RH
Tel: 028 9055 2575

Related links
Family Group Conferences – A Guide for Families 
Family Group Conferences – A Guide for Children and Young People
Family Group Conferences – A Guide for Professionals

Page last updated:12 September 2014