Care of children

What is a family group conference and what part can schools play?

A family group conference is a meeting convened by a care and protection co-ordinator in cases involving care and protection or by a youth justice co-ordinator in cases of youth offending.

It is a semi formal intervention with the child’s family, whānau or family group to sort out the problems with the child or young person’s care and protection or offending. On some occasions schools may be asked to participate in such conferences.

The function of these conferences is to discuss the issues openly with the family group, agree on the problems, make decisions and formulate plans to fix the problem, before moving onto more serious, normally court based measures.

It is not expected that school staff attend family group conferences on a regular basis. It may be more appropriate to consider other avenues for supplying relevant information to the care and protection coordinator.

If you have any concerns or queries you should talk to the relevant care and protection coordinator.

Updated: June 2017

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