Journal Article

Family Group Conferences: User Empowerment or Family Self-Reliance?—a development from Lupton

SHIRLEY JACKSON and KATE MORRIS

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 29, issue 4, pages 621-630
Published in print August 1999 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 1999 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/29.4.621
Family Group Conferences: User Empowerment or Family Self-Reliance?—a development from Lupton

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This article isa response to Lupton (1998). It is not in the tradition of a critical response, but rather a complementary and extended exploration of the issues raised in the earlier paper. It draws on the authors' respective experiences as innovator and researcher in the field of child welfare and youth justice and presents, within the overall debate, new material both from child welfare initiatives and from the recently completed study into the use of family group conferences in youth justice. It concludes that some of the key tenets of family group conferences are in danger of being neglected by professional and political agendas if urgent attention is not given to the primary purpose of family empowerment and to adequate resourcing of FGC plans.

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Subjects: Social Work

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