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Family group conferencing continues to increase in interest and use around the world. Such conferences are offered to families in a wide range of circumstances in England when decisions need to be made about the welfare of children. There is a wide range in usage by local authorities and local projects. Additionally, family group conferences are not available in all areas yet, though there may be interest in exploring the development of conferencing. Hence, Patrice Lawrence and Jane Wiffin have written this booklet with principles and practice guidance to foster good programs. The booklet should assist organizations in knowing and meeting certain standards in their conferencing programs, and it should assure families of the type and quality of programs they can expect.

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