Source: (2008) Restorative Justice Online. April 2008 Edition.

In the child protection arena, family group conferencing (FGC) allows nuclear families, extended family members, and friends discuss concerns about the safety of children and strategies for addressing those. First developed in New Zealand in 1989, FGCs quickly spread to other countries in the early 1990s. In Australia, the first FGC pilot project with child protection was launched in 1992 in the state of Victoria and since then has been implemented in all but one of Australian states and territories. Recently, the National Child Protection Clearing House released an article by Nathan Harris highlighting the FGC development in Australia since 1992. This article summarizes the paper with a link to the full text.


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