We recognise the most important influence in a child’s life is family. Children who grow up with safe, stable and nurturing relationships form stronger friendships, develop greater resilience, achieve more in school and are more likely to build positive relationships throughout their lives.
We are child focussed in our intent but recognise that the most effective way to help and protect children is to work alongside the whole family. Therefore strengthening families is central to our aims as we know that families have greater capacity for change when we work with them as partners. This is part of an evidence based approach known asRestorative Practice.
We aim to embed a culture across our workforce where dignity and respect is the basis for our interventions. Every member of staff will understand the principles of Restorative Practice and its ethos will underpin all of our work and align to the borough vision of ‘Forging a Future for all’.
We are pleased to announce that the Family Group Conference Service (FGC) is now live.
What is a Family Group Conference (FGC)?
It’s a family decision making process, facilitated by independent Family Group Conference Convenors, who enable families to make decisions for their own children which address concerns raised by professionals.
It is a voluntary process where recommendations can be made for the family to be offered an FGC but their choice in this respected by professionals.
For further information on the referral process, timescales, the expectations of the referrer and other services the FGC can offer, please click the below link for full details: