Course Content

Continuing education course Family Group Conference
  • Origins and European history of the Family Group Conference
  • Basic concept and areas of application of the Family Group Conference
  • Preparation, realization and phases of the Family Group Conference
  • Roles of participants in the Family Group Conference
  • Wording of concerns
  • Creation of a plan
  • The personality of the coordinator
  • Communication rules
  • Mobilizing of networks
  • The significance of children in the Family Group Conference
  • The chances of child protection procedures in the Family Group Conference
  • Future orientation of the Family Group Conference
  • Supervised realization of a Family Group Conference
  • Reflection and evaluation

The most important principles

  • Families can use this possibility to actively work on their problems and to create their own individual support plan meeting their family’s needs. That is why the responsibility mainly lies within the family.
  • The plan should contain concrete and realizable ideas everyone can agree with.
  • The aim is not to find a scapegoat or to come to grips with the past but to find solutions for the future.  
  • Experts in social work give the family the confidence to improve an existing situation on its own and accept the plan of the family unless the plan is too precarious or a minor is exposed to an irresponsible risk.
  • The Family Group Conference is prepared with the help of neutral coordinators. Coordinators do not suggest any proposals for a solution and do not present any ideas of other experts. Their task is to support the family with all organisational steps.  
  • Experts show possibilities, but are not involved in making decisions.
  • Children should participate in the Family Group Conference in order to be able to join in a conversation and to listen in. After all it’s about their future. Normally, the child is supported by a person who can also speak on behalf of the child. Children can not be forced to participate.