Source: (2001) Paper presented at the Children, Young People and Communities: The Future Is in Our Hands conference, held in Launceston, Tasmania, 27-28 March. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.

Bill Smith, a manager for Child and Family Services in the Tasmanian government’s Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on the family group conferencing features of the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997. This act draws on principles in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; the act seeks to strengthen and support families when children are at risk, with coercive legal intervention as a last resort. Smith explains the basic elements of the family group conferencing model in Tasmania.


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