Family Group Conferences are seen as a progressive and influential form of practice in child welfare across the globe. This book examines and identifies variations in independent advocacy provision offered to young people and their families in relation to undertaking a FGC, and discusses how these can impact the outcomes both positively and negatively for young people involved.
Using critical discourse analysis and an original theoretical framework, the outcomes of advocacy provision are examined from participants' perspectives prior to, during, and after the FGC process has been completed. The analysis develops themes that are discussed comprehensively and recommendations are made for the enhancement of advocacy provision generally, and, for young people involved in FGC specifically.
Darrell Fox is Assistant Professor in Social Work at the University of the Fraser Valley, BC, Canada.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Family Group Conferences: Models and Processes
Chapter 3. Advocacy
Chapter 4. Literature Review: Current and Developing Research
Chapter 5. Children's Rights
Chapter 6. Theory: Eco Systems, Resiliency and Social Pedagogy
Chapter 7. Theories of Power: Family Group Conferences and Advocacy Approaches
Chapter 8. Findings Pre-Conference: Demographics, Preparation and Referral and Gatekeeping
Chapter 9. Findings Pre-Conference: Evolution of FGC: Division of Roles, Engagement and Participation
Chapter 10. Findings Pre-Conference: Questions
Chapter 11. Findings the Conference: Timeframes, Attendance and Focus, Family Time, the Plan, Follow Up
Chapter 12. Conclusion: Summary, Areas for Future Research and Implications for Social Work Practice.