Source: Centre for Rural Social Research, Charles Sturt University-Riverina.
This report is concerned with a process known as the family group conference, the basic principles of which are simple. In the wake of an offence, and where guilt is admitted, victims, offenders, and their supporters are given an opportunity to meet in the presence of a coordinator or facilitator. Conference participants are encouraged to discuss the direct or indirect effects of the incident on them. They may then negotiate plans for repairing the damage and minimising further harm arising from that incident. The conference process is guided by participatory democratic principles. It seeks a just response to a harmful breach of social and/or legal norms.
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