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Mapping the adoption of Family Group Conferencing in Australian States and Territories.

Harris, Nathan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) Occasional Paper Series. Australian Centre for Child Protection. University of South Australia.

Family Group Conferences were first legislated for in New Zealand in 1989 and since that
time have captured the imagination of professionals and academics throughout the world
with their capacity to involve families and communities in a collaborative approach to
addressing child welfare concerns. Child protection systems in Australia, as in many other
countries, have subsequently introduced conferencing programs. The first trial in Australia
was initiated in Victoria in 1992 by a non-government agency (Ban, 1996), and trials in
other states soon followed. Fifteen years later, a question worth asking is to what extent
conferencing has become part of child protection practice in Australia’s states and
territories. Child protection policy is under state jurisdiction in Australia, which means
that adoption of an innovation like conferencing is likely to vary widely. This diversity
is explored in this report through the available literature on conferencing programs,
but also draws on interviews with practitioners in each state and territory. (excerpt)


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