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Developing, Embedding and Sustaining a Family Group Conferencing Service – the Leeds experience

Published: 12th June 2023

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Developing, Embedding and Sustaining a Family Group Conferencing Service – the Leeds experience

Date: Thursday 6 July 2023
Time: 9.00-4pm
Location: Carriageworks Threatre, Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

This one day event, aimed at both strategic and operational staff/managers, will look at the development of Family Led Decision-Making and specifically Family Group Conferencing. We will reconsider traditional notions of ‘expertise’ and ‘helping’ and look at how Family Group Conferencing can be developed and sustained.

The day will have a mix of speakers as well as workshops, the latter of which will look at:

  1. What is an FGC service trying to achieve? How do we know the FGC is working?
  2. Family Experience and Voice in FGC and wider service development.
  3. Leeds FGC Service workshop, highlighting best practice.
  4. Lifelong Links. Leeds experience and national developments.
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