Source: (2001) Paper presented at the Restorative and Community Justice: Inspiring the Future conference, held in Winchester, England, 28-31 March.

Family group conferences are a radically new way of working with young people and their families, claims Shirley Jackson at the outset of this paper. Following beginnings in New Zealand, this approach has been adopted and adapted in a number of other countries. Jackson classifies the many ways in which family group conferences are being used into two broad or essential types: one approach is a family empowerment model; the other is a victim-offender restoration model. With all of this in mind, Jackson goes on to profile a family group conferencing pilot project in Hampshire (England). She locates it in the restorative conferencing model, and she reports on the implementation phase and its first year of operation.