Source: (1999) Families and Welfare Findings Series. Downloaded 22 June 2004.

As Crow and Marsh remark, the family group conference (FGC) model is a way of empowering the extended family network to plan to meet the needs of members who are identified as having difficulties. In youth justice, this model enables the young offender and his or her family to work with the police, other services, and the victim to make reparation for the offense committed and to prevent further offending. The FGC model has been of considerable interest in youth justice work. Yet at the time of publication of this paper, there had been few attempts to introduce them in practice in England and Wales. This document presents findings, then, on two pilot FGC projects in Sheffield and in Kirklees in England. The findings deal with issues of implementation, process, and outcome over the first year (1997-1998) of both projects.

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