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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.

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.