Source: (1996) In: J. Hudson, et al. (eds.), Family Group Conferences: Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press, pp. 37-48.Child protection family group conferences are designed to acknowledge that the primary role in caring for and protecting children and young people lies within the family group and to increase family participation in child protection decision-making. The police and social workers of the New Zealand Children and Young Persons Service work with local care and protection resource panels and coordinator to convene family group conferences. The phases of the family group conference process is described and a case study presented. Practical issues are discussed. The authors conclude the skills, training and personal attributes of coordinators are critical to the integrity of the process to empower families.