Family Group Meetings
I am a qualified FGC Facilitator with the Mediation Institute and have been supporting workers to grow their group facilitation and collaboration skills for over a decade.
I have been using family group conferencing as a casework strategy for over 20 years with families and believe that it a true strength-based practise in action!
I recently updated my qualifications again with the Mediation Institute to ensure the framework I use is in line with current practices in Australia. I bring an eclectic toolbox of conferencing skills to this important work.
The practice of family conferencing and regular family/network meetings in human services enshrines the values of our sector such as:
- Working collaboratively with families
- Underpinned by solution focused principles and processes
- Creates a forum for natural justice, transparency and accountability to be actioned in
- Empowers those involved
- It takes a village to raise a child
- Child protection is everybody’s business
- Upholds the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child which defines children’s rights to protection, education, health care, shelter, and good nutrition
- Child protection legislation in Australia and elsewhere that upholds the principle of participation
I am passionate about family group conferencing and the many human service settings it has application in such as case planning, restoration/reunification, permanency planning, any family decision making process, aged care, youth justice, and so on.
My approach is to make the conference setting safe, visual, facilitate using solution focused processes, respectful and space where families and their networks can make decisions and plans for the future about the people they love and care for.