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Holding the youth justice family group conference

Updated: 01 April 2017

What's Important To Us

Youth justice family group conferences are about holding children and young people to account for their offending and encouraging them to accept responsibility for their behaviour. It is also about acknowledging and addressing their needs and allowing them the opportunity to develop in responsible, beneficial, and socially acceptable ways.

The family group conference’s significant features emphasise family/whānau participation, consensus decision-making and responding to cultural diversity. The process also has a focus on victims and diversion from prosecution.

Supporting and informing family group conferences should strengthen families/whānau and foster their abilities to develop their own means of dealing with offending by their children and young people thus reducing the likelihood of their re-offending.

This policy outlines key responsibilities when holding a youth justice family group conference that is unique to the child or young person and their circumstances.

In addition to this practice guidance, Our Māori Cultural Framework, Te Toka Tumoana, Va'aifetu and the family group conferencing practice standards should inform all family group conference practice.

Our Māori Cultural Framework

Working with Māori: Te Toka Tumoana

Working with Pacific peoples: Va'aifetu

Family group conferencing practice standards