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Should FGC (Family Group Conferences) be adjusted to the Mainstream Practice? Or Should the Mainstream Practice Be Adjusted to FGC? Ideals and Realities

Brønholt, Lis Lynge
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Paper presented in plenary session at the third Nordic Symposium on Family Group Conference, Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan vid Helsingfors universitet (Soc&kom), Helsinki, Finland, 27-28 August. Downloaded 7 March 2005.

Two days ago a new study from the Danish Social Research Institute was released. The good news is that modern way of living has not ruined the family solidarity. Most families are close-knit.
Around 40% of the new mothers talk to their mother on a daily basis. So there is still a close
connection between generations. The modern nuclear family is not as isolated as researchers had
I attach importance to the fact that FGC is a decision making model, where user involvement and
influence is an integrated part. This is a step forward in democratisation of social work. It is a clear
and simple model with clear values: respect for different views and cultures; willingness to listen to
all family members and focus on both strengths and problems.
When I formulated the headline of this contribution I had no way of knowing whether the
politicians in Denmark would make FGC a right for all families, as a reform for families and
children in need was on its way. (excerpt)


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