Family Group Conferencing Scoping Paper


Prof Morag McArthur, Dr Gail Winkworth

Funding Source:

ACT Community Services Directorate


Family group conferencing is a strengths based intervention, first developed in New Zealand, which brings together families and their support systems to carry out plans that increases protection and care of children, young people and other family members.

This scoping paper reviews the Australian and international literature on family group conferencing, including different models being used and evaluations of these models. It provides advice for selecting families who may be suitable for Family Group Conferencing. It also provides an evaluation framework for the implementation of Family Group Conferencing in the ACT child protection system and for a longer-term study of effectiveness.


McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2006). Family Group Conferencing. Scoping Paper. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.