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Connected learning resources to support family group conferences with adults

12 October 2017

Family group conferencing Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) has launched a connected learning package to support practitioners who are involved in adult family group conferences, or are planning to set up this service for adults.

The resources include:

A family group conference (FGC) is a way of working collaboratively with adults and their network of family, friends and supporters. It is facilitated by an independent coordinator and involves a formal meeting, which aims to support the adult and their network to make decisions to best support their needs. An FGC can also enable networks to work together to design solutions to specific problems and plans to best meet the needs of the individual.


Evaluating family group conferences with adults: Webinar

This webinar launched the new RiPfA Evaluating family group conferences with adults: Practice Tool. The session will enable participants to: 

  • Understand the benefits of evaluating a family group conference (FGC) service.
  • Consider the stakeholders who may benefit from receiving evaluation data.
  • Understand key points from the latest research/evidence base regarding the effectiveness of adult FGCs, and apply this thinking to your own service/practice.
  • Use the RiPfA Practice Tool to evaluate both the process and the outcomes of FGCs with adults.

Aimed at: All those involved in adult family group conferences, including senior leaders, managers and coordinators who already run or are looking to set up a family group conference service for adults.


Evaluating the impact of family group conferences: Practice Tool

Evaluating FGC with adultsThis practice tool aims to support practitioners and managers who are already running a family group conference (FGC) service for adults, and those who are considering developing a service.

It provides an overview of:

  • The current evidence base regarding FGCs with adults.
  • The complexities of measuring the impact of FGCs on outcomes for adults and their families.
  • Practical ideas to support the evaluation of the process and outcomes of an FGC service for adults.

Aimed at: All those involved in adult family group conferences, including senior leaders, managers and coordinators already running or looking to set up a family group conference service for adults.


What is a family group conference for adults? Brief Guide

What is a FGC? A family group conference is a facilitated decision-making meeting, which aims to help the individual and/or family find solutions to problems. This might be where there are concerns about an adults’ safety or wellbeing, encouraging the family to find their own lasting solutions by building on their strengths and resources.

This Brief Guide explains what this service is and how it might help people accessing services and their families.

Aimed at: People accessing services, carers and families; social care practitioners, including social workers and family group conference coordinators.


Family group conferencing with adults: Webinar

This webinar followed on from the RiPfA Family Group Conferencing with Adults workshop (London, June 2017). The content draws upon the workshop and is intended as a recap for those who attended, or as an overview for those who would like to find out more about this subject.

Aimed at: All those involved in adult family group conferences, including senior leaders, managers and coordinators who already run or are looking to set up a family group conference service for adults.


Partners of RiPfA can access webinars and publications as part of membership. Non-partners can purchase publications individually.

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