Source: (2009) Protecting Children: A Professional Publication of American Humane. 24(4):44-52.

The success of the family group conference (FGC) in New Zealand is well documented, as is its role in reducing both the incarceration of young people and the subsequent costs incurred by courts throughout the country (Becroft, 2009). Since the inception of FGCs following the enactment of the 1989 Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act, agencies have experienced collaborative working relationships that are focused on the needs of young persons. FGCs have provided social workers, youth workers, and the police a wealth of empirical information and unique insights regarding young people, their need to belong, offending patterns and behavior, and their connections to gang culture. This understanding has facilitated a new way of working with youths. (excerpt)