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Strategies to respond to the research needs of family group conferencing.

Connolly, Marie
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) American Humane FGDM Issues in Brief. Downloaded 1 December 2005.

Family group conferencing has been a legal
feature of child welfare practice in Aotearoa New
Zealand for 15 years. Notwithstanding this long
history of practice and the richness of FGC
experience in this area, Aotearoa has been slow to
develop processes of research and evaluation. Little
is known about how FGC impacts the lives of
children and families. Little is known about how
families perceive the practice, and whether the
legislation’s empowering intent is being realized by
people whose lives are most affected – the children
and families of New Zealand. In addition, little is
known about the outcomes of FGC and whether it
furthers the medium- and long-term interests of
children. In this regard, researchers internationally
have become active in FGC research, and practice
relies on the findings of studies generated outside
the country of FGC’s origin. (See Merkel-Holguin,
Nixon & Burford 2003).(excerpt)


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