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Page URL: https://practice.orangatamariki.govt.nz/policy/family-group-conferencing-practice-standards/
Printed: 02/06/2023
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Last updated: 10/01/2022

Family group conferencing practice standards

These practice standards cover the key practice requirements for care and protection coordinators, youth justice coordinators and social workers to support high-quality family group conferencing.

Upcoming changes for this policy

This content will be strengthened so it more completely reflects our commitment to practice framed by te Tiriti o Waitangi, based on a mana-enhancing paradigm for practice, and drawing from ​Te Ao Māori principles of oranga to support mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga. We each need to consider how we can apply these principles to our practice when reading this policy. The following resources provide support:
Practice for working effectively with Māori
Our practice shift

What is high-quality family group conferencing

When the family group conference process is well managed:

  • social workers provide coordinators with a comprehensive family group conference referral, informed by a quality assessment
  • tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau or family are well prepared and can actively participate
  • victims and key professionals are fully informed and engaged
  • plans are focused on the safety and wellbeing outcomes for te tamaiti, or the 4 primary considerations for youth justice (the wellbeing and best interests of rangatahi, public interest, the interests of the victim and accountability)
  • plans are supported through implementation and review.