Source: (2003) Paper/Session presented at 'Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment'. The Fourth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices. 28-30 August 2003 Veldhoven, Netherlands NH Koningshof Hotel. Downloaded 30 September 2003.

Family group conferences are a way of working in genuine partnerships with children, young people and their families. The power to make decisions about children is shared, with the main responsibility taken by those who know the child best and who must own and implement the plan. However, many FGC programs are driven by the agendas of stage agencies who directly commission the work and therefore decide the criteria for who has access to this still rare resource. In England, Daybreak is taking a lead in working with organizations using other government-funding initiatives to involve children, families and communities directly from the start in the initiation, development and evaluation of some FGC programs. They participate in the interview panels for prospective employees. They are involved in the training of coordinators, referrers and managers. The circle of accountability is complete. Author's absstract

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