CANW’s Family Group Conferences (FGC) help bring families together.
We talk to families and provide support so they can address any problems they have, from social issues and financial concerns to relationship breakdowns, all of which impact on young people.
Our staff meet with all kinds of families – from those where a problem has recently been identified to those who’ve reached crisis point. Working with the wider family group – from grandparents to aunts, uncles and family friends, we help to safeguard children and ensure their needs come first – building a family unit that’s strong, supportive and caring.
The young people in the family are central to the FGC process and are encouraged to take an active part. Our FGC Coordinators work with young people to identify their thoughts and opinions. If a young person doesn’t feel confident enough to relay their feelings in the FGC, we can provide an advocate to work with them to ensure their perspective is communicated to their family.