Source: (2012) Child Abuse Review. 21(1):41-52.

Over the past two decades, engaging families in decisionmaking has grown in popularity across child welfare systems internationally. The family group conference in particular has generated interest as a practice model that facilitates broader family engagement in care and protection. As the practice has flourished, research has been undertaken to strengthen the knowledge base and to support the introduction of family engagement strategies across jurisdictions. This paper examines the recent research relating to family engagement strategies in child welfare and explores the ways in which family involvement in decisionmaking can be incorporated into emerging protective practices. (Abstract courtesy of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service,