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Family Rights Group runs a free, independent and confidential advice service. We advise families when they are involved with children’s services or need their help. We provide advice for parents, grandparents, relatives and friends including kinship carers in England. Our expert advisers are all experienced lawyers, social workers or family rights advocates. They help families to understand the law and child welfare processes and their rights and options. And to better understand social work concerns.

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FGC Training

Four day virtual family group conference training for new coordinators

A virtual course for those with some knowledge of family group conferences and child welfare processes, who wish to increase their understanding and develop the necessary skills to coordinate a family group conference for a child.

Usually carried out in a classroom based setting over three days, this training course is currently being offered as an online training course during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Course objectives

  • To understand the value basis of FGCs;
  • To understand the legal and policy framework within which FGCs operate;
  • To develop a working knowledge of FGCs, including understanding the skills in preparing for the FGC, managing the meeting and the process that follows;
  • To develop the skills to coordinate a child welfare family group conference;
  • To recognise the complexities of family led decision-making and learn skills in managing these complexities and conflicts in families;
  • To understand the role of other professionals in the meeting;
  • To understand the issues involved in supporting children’s participation in the FGC process;
  • To inform participants of the wider accreditation framework;
  • To be familiar with research findings in relation to FGCs and to be signposted for further information;
  • To enable participants to be aware of sources of support including the FGC Network;
  • To consider and plan for working during the pandemic, including in a virtual environment.

Please note that Family Rights Group does not accredit individual practitioners. The four-day course taken by itself is not accredited, but once completed forms part of the postgraduate certificate in family group conferencing that we offer in conjunction with the University of Salford should you wish to study further. More information can be found here.  Family Rights Group does accredit family group conference services and information on this can be found here.

Upcoming course dates

Each course will be run over four days between 10.00 and 14.30 each day. The total cost is £450.

Please use the form below to book your place

  • 22-23 and 29-30 June 2022 – Limited availability
  • 21-22 and 28-29 September 2022
  • 23,24,30 November and 1 December 2022
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