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Family Group Conference – a promising intervention in child protection (article)

Annette Dietrich M.A.
Lecturer and Project Manager Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Social Work Family Council Coordinator

The Family Group Conference as a participative, resource-, solution- and real life-oriented procedure gives families in challenging life situations the opportunity to develop and test individual solutions and decisions themselves. In a joint evaluation project of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the Lucerne Childcare Centre, which has been using the method since 2015, eleven family situations were systematically evaluated and the results presented at a conference in November 2019.

In this article, the essential framework conditions of the procedure are presented, the current situation in Switzerland is outlined and, finally, the most important results of the evaluation project are presented. In the conclusion, possible applications in child protection by the authorities are outlined.

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