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Family Group Conferences: A Restorative Justice Intervention for Children in Trouble with the Law in South Africa

Branken, Nigel
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Home page of Nigel Branken. 24 October 2002.

Around 1993 the possibility of developing and using family group conferences (FGCs) began to be discussed in South Africa. In the context of a larger effort to establish new policies and directions for juvenile justice in South Africa within a restorative justice paradigm, FGCs were seen as the key method of intervention for young people in trouble with the law. In this paper, Branken looks at South Africa’s pilot project in family group conferences. He discusses the process of FGCs, the philosophy behind FGCs, and a South African case study in family group conferencing.


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