Family Group Conferencing: New Directions in Community-Centered Child and Family Practice

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Gale Burford, Joe Hudson
Transaction Publishers - Social Science - 338 pages
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Family Group Conferencing indicates a large-scale shift in assumptions about the way child welfare services are planned and delivered‚ away from models that emphasize pathology, and toward those seeking an ecological understanding of the families and social networks involved. The contributors also present a wealth of information on related approaches, such as community conferences, circles, and wraparound services. The British Journal of Social Work noted that ‚ there are issues relating to both process and outcome. This book offers some answers that are intelligent and passionate.‚

 

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Contents

SECTION I
1
Cultural Origins Sharing
15
Democracy Community and Problem Solving
31
Conferencing and the Community
40
Guiding Principles of the Conferencing Process
49
SECTION II
59
Family Group Conferences as Good Child Welfare Practice
65
Family Group Conferencing as PersonEnvironment Practice
72
Family Group DecisionMaking and Family Violence
171
SECTION III
187
Child Protection
193
Conferencing in England and Wales
206
The Evolution of Conferencing within Child Welfare
218
Diversions and Departures in the Implementation
224
Family Group Conferences in Four Australian States
232
Community Practice Issues
253

Restorative Practices with HighRisk Youth
86
Shared Problems
93
Patch and Family
105
Establishing Shared Responsibility for Child Welfare
120
Implications
131
The Wraparound Process with Children and Families
140
Just Therapy with Families and Communities
153
Making Action Plans in Vermont
165
Healing
262
Family Group DecisionMaking in Oregon
271
SECTION IV
279
Data Collection in a Family Group Conference
298
The Washington State
312
Index
334
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