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Nixon traces some of the connections between the individual, familial community, professional, organizational and political issues, that will impact on the practice and development of family group conferences in the United Kingdom.Family Group Conferences (FGC) principles stem very much out of ideas about collective responsibility, mutual obligation and shared interest rather than a discourse that focuses exclusively on individual rights and competing needs. In examining the U.K. context in which they are being implemented, balancing the different and sometimes conflicting rights and responsibilities of children, their families and the community has been an enduring theme in FGC development, child care policy and practice, and was a central concern of the 1989 Children Act (England and Wales).

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