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Family Group Conference Coordinator – Gloucestershire Council

We are currently recruiting two full time Coordinators to join the Family Group Conference Team on a permanent basis.

Job Title: Family Group Conference Coordinators (Multiple Positions)
Salary: £28,900- £32,020 per annum
Hours: 37 hours
Job Location: Edinburgh House
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing date: 29/10/2023

About the Job:

The Family Group Conference service is responsible for providing high quality Family Group Conferences (FGCs) across Gloucestershire. As an FGC Coordinator you will plan, organise and facilitate FGCs and reviews and work with the team on the development and implementation of Gloucestershire’s FGC service.

About the team:

The Family Group Conference Service works flexibly, seven days a week, agile and are county wide. We offer a menu of family led decision making meetings, which we will provide training and development on. We are a dynamic and creative team that utilises a co-production model within the team and we share decision making where possible to utilise the full strengths and resources of our team. We have robust practice development, team development and team building opportunities within the team and access to wider trainings and development opportunities within GCC. As a restorative team we provide high support as well as high challenge and work collaboratively within the team, with families, colleagues and the community at large.

As a Coordinator you will:

  • To initiate contact with children, young people, family members and significant others to outline the Family Group Conference process, provide information and literature, negotiate attendance and support involvement before, during and after the meeting.
  • To plan, coordinate and facilitate Family Group Conferences.
  • In partnership with Children’s Services and other partner agencies, make specific and suitable arrangements to prepare the child, young person and other family members where appropriate, for the meeting and as appropriate to arrange an advocate.
  • Plan and facilitate review conferences to ensure the family plan is effective and improving the outcomes for the children and young people of the family.
  • To complete visits and FGCs that accommodates the family’s commitments and lifestyles.
  • To accurately record agreed aspects of the FGC process, the initial family plan and the review plan and to circulate these to relevant persons.
  • To contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of the FGC service.
  • To provide advice, guidance and training to professionals about FGCs and positive promote the service.

How to apply:

Please submit your application here alternatively, if you have any questions please contact

Access the Job Profile for this role here. Full job advert can be found here.

This Position is subject to a DBS check.

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