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Family Group Conferencing Pilot

This pilot offers a new model of family group conference (FGC) to all families on the brink of court proceedings, to increase the number of children placed within their family network.

This project is being scaled by Supporting Families

Project Description

Family group conferences are used within the social care framework to provide care plans and safe placements for children on the brink of court proceedings, including cases involving domestic abuse. FGCs require substantial financial input and their effectiveness can be hampered by a range of factors including variable practices and a lack of child voice in the process.

Daybreak, in collaboration with Southwark and Wiltshire children’s services, offered an FGC to all families issued with a Public Law Outline letter. Through the use of FGCs the project aimed to ensure the voice of children was fully integrated into decision making.


The DfE-funded independent evaluation published in 2017 found that:

Lead Organisation



London Borough of Southwark

Wiltshire County Council


Southwark and Wiltshire




Funding Information

Funding theme: Other

Total amount awarded


Round 1 Nov 2014

Other information