Family Group Conferencing in child welfare

Detention and probation / Child protection chain

Family Group Conferencing in child welfare

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In the Netherlands, the model of Family Group Conferencing (FGC) is increasingly used for decision-making in child welfare. Whereas in regular care the child protection worker is responsible for drawing up a care plan, in FGC a coordinator helps the family to gather all parties with an interest in the wellbeing of a child and its family to make a family group plan that is meant to ensure and support active responsibility of the family and its social network.
From January 1, 2015 a Dutch law has been implemented in the Netherlands that requires youth care organizations to offer parents the opportunity to develop a family group plan, in voluntary as well as in compulsory care (Child and Youth Act, 2015). The current research project was conducted to answer the question "Does the implementation of FGC result in improved protection of children and adolescents who have been placed on a supervision order, and which characteristics affect the results of FGC?".

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Dijkstra, S., Creemers, H.E., Asscher, J.J., Stams, G.J.J.M.
University of Amsterdam, Forensic Child and Youth Care Sciences, WODC
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University of Amsterdam, Forensic Child and Youth Care Sciences
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