Family Group Conference NI

Family Group Conference NI

The vision of the Family Group Conference (NI) is to see “Family group conference and restorative approaches underpin and influence all aspects of work with children, young people, families and communities”. The aim of the FGC (NI) is to promote an inclusive understanding of, and support for, FGCs and restorative practice.

The objectives are:

  • To involve families, individuals, disciplines, organisations and communities in order to facilitate an exchange of information;
  • To discuss and share key ideas and issues; To help clarify the interface between interested parties in relation to one another;
  • To access, share and maximise resources; and
  • To identify, support and promote the development of good practice.

Members work to support practice and research developments, and believe in partnerships in practice development and between organisations. Effort is made to form national and international alliances, including membership of the European Network of family group conferencing and links with the Republic of Ireland. Forum members contribute to policy development documents and help inform others of good FGC practice. Two recent successful developments have been an innovative accredited training programme in partnership with the University of Ulster Jordanstown for FGC co–ordinators and the development of FGC Standards for Practice in Northern Ireland.

The Family Group Conference actively promotes contact and exchange with a range of local and international networks. This includes the Restorative Justice Forum in Northern Ireland; Family Rights Group; European Network for FGC and the Five Nations Network for FGCs. The work of the FGC (NI) reflects its emphasis on working collaboratively to promote best practice in the fields of FGC and Restorative Practice.


During the last thirteen years in Northern Ireland there have been a number of developments in the field of family group conferencing and restorative practice.  This has been led by policy makers and practitioners in both the statutory, community and voluntary sectors.

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Family Group Conference NI
27 Marlborough Heights
United Kingdom




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