Family group conferences could keep 2,000 children a year out of care, study concludes

Councils across the country are being urged to offer family group conferences (FGC) after a study found they reduce the likelihood of children going into care. FGCs involve family and friends in the planning of support for children at risk of being taken into care and can involve extra help being provided or identifying kinship carers who can step in. A randomised control trial involving 2,500 children carried out across 21 council areas found that children referred for an FGC before care proceedings were 8.6 per cent less likely to go into care compared to those who were not. Read more.

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