Welcome - European Network on Family Group Conference

Democratizing help and welfare in Europe
European FGC Network meetings
Every year since 2002

2020 – online, hosted by EIGEN KRACHT CENTRALE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM  
Country reports of the FGC meeting 2020 (zip)

2019 – BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
Notes and documents of the FGC meeting 2019 (zip)
Photos annual meeting 2019 (zip)

2018 – EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Notes and documents of the FGC meeting 2018 (zip) 
More notes and documents (zip)

2017 – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Photos annual meeting 2017 (zip)

2016 – SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Documents of the 2016 FGC meeting (zip)

2015 – CARDIFF, WALES
2014 – VARESE, ITALIA
2013 – BELGRADE, SERBIA
2012 – SOFIA, BULGARIA
2011 – UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS
2010 – BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
2009 – WARSAW, POLAND
2008 – GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
2007 – BERLIN, GERMANY
2006 – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
2005 – CARDIFF, ENGLAND/WALES
2004 – LEUVEN, BELGIUM
2003 – CAVAN, NORTHERN IRELAND
2002 – MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Exploratory projects
Across service boundaries

Most developments in the European countries involved exploratory projects to test the decision-making methodology in local settings. When using FGC proved successful in statutory work with children, it was worth while to try to apply the approach in voluntary cases as well, and also across service boundaries, such as adult mental health, adult domestic violence, and the care and protection of elderly people.

Promising results
Beyond expectation

In some countries local projects are developed; in other countries nationwide implementations are in progress. The results are often beyond expectation: families and citizens are willing and capable to take responsibility for changing their own situation, they make plans, provide resources and develop a positive relation with the social services. This all contributed to situations where citizens resume responsibility and regain control over their own lives.

Paradigm shift
More structured framework needed

Through the years it became apparent that implementing the vision and values behind FGC leads to a shift in paradigm regarding the way in which welfare systems are organised. In the European Network for FGC, it became clear that a more structured framework of connections, information, research exchange and policy development was needed. This portal website is one of the steps in construing such a framework.