Little Book of Family Group Conferences( The Little Books of Justice & peacebuilding Series) : New Zealand Style

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Family Group Conferences, the primary forum for dealing with juvenile crime in New Zealand, are now being used around the world to bring healing and restoration to communities, following a crime.

This book includes the basics and rationale for this approach to crime, as well as the tools for conducting a Family Group Conference.

Family Group Conferences (FGCs) are the primary forum in New Zealand for dealing with juvenile crime as well as child...

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Overview

Family Group Conferences, the primary forum for dealing with juvenile crime in New Zealand, are now being used around the world to bring healing and restoration to communities, following a crime.

This book includes the basics and rationale for this approach to crime, as well as the tools for conducting a Family Group Conference.

Family Group Conferences (FGCs) are the primary forum in New Zealand for dealing with juvenile crime as well as child welfare issues. This third volume in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series is about the juvenile justice system that is built around these conferences.

Since their introduction in New Zealand, Family Group Conferences have been adopted and adapted in many places throughout the world. They have been applied in many arenas including child welfare, school discipline, and criminal justice, both juvenile and adult. In fact, FGCs have emerged as one of the most promising models of restorative justice.

This Little Book describes the basics and rationale for this approach to juvenile justice, as well as how an FGC is conducted.

A title in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series.

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Meet the Author

Allan MacRae is Manager of Coordinators for the Southern Region of New Zealand, overseeing Family Group Conferences for both Youth Justice, and Care and Protection. Prior to taking this position, he was Youth Justice Coordinator for the capital city of Wellington.

After receiving the National Supreme Awoard for Innovation, Allan developed a program in Wellington which emerged as a leading model of Youth Justice. Subsequently, he was a lead trainer in the "Best Practices Road Show," designed to bring these practices to othe areas of New Zealand.

He has also conducted numerous trinings in Belgium, Thailand, and the UInited States.

Allan received his diploma in Social Work from Victoria University and has 23 years experience working with young offenders and at-risk youth.

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction 3
A story 3
About this book 7
II. Overview 10
The Conference 12
The system 13
III. Principled Practice 18
Seven goals 18
Seven guiding principles 20
IV. Organizing a Family Group Conference 26
The Coordinator's role 26
Conference participants 29
Preparation 30
Working with victims 32
Working with offender and family 36
The Conference 38
The plan 51
Extending the family 54
V. Beyond the Family Group Conference 56
Conferencing the Conferences 57
A story 62
Selected Readings 65
Acknowledgments 66
Appendices Research and Statistics 67
National Research 67
Benefits of Family Group Conferences 69
Sample Proposal to Address Peer Groups 70
Types of FGCs in New Zealand 72
About the Authors 74
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