Source: (2003) Paper/Session presented at 'Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment'. The Fourth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices. 28-30 August 2003 Veldhoven, Netherlands NH Koningshof Hotel. Downloaded 30 September 2003.

As research evidence indicates, child care interventions that address the power differential and discrepant perceptions that exist between statutory agencies and service users, whilst enhancing notions of participation, partnership and empowerment of children and families, should in principle improve child care outcomes. A small pilot FGC study, developed jointly by a statutory agency and a voluntary organization in southwest England, focused on a range of parenting issues concerning child welfare or child protection and was externally evaluated. The evaluation concluded there had been many positive outcomes for both children and families and social workers, whom in most bases benefited from the use of the FGC model and this style of intervention. One of the successes was the establishment of a “family and friends user group�? which shaped the process and contributed in guiding policy, protocols and research. Within this forum, families appeared to have been exceptionally empowered. Author's abstract

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