Family group conferencing (FCG) is an increasingly popular intervention with social workers worldwide that emphasizes the strengths and potentialities of families, community organizations and public agencies in resolving issues that confront family members. Widening the Circle examines and analyzes FGC principles and how they promote the three pathways to protecting children, youths, and their families-family leadership, cultural safety, and community partnerships. Based on the authors' extensive experience in the United States and Canada, the practices presented apply primarily in child welfare, but also extend into juvenile justice and domestic violence. In this well-written and clearly organized volume, Pennell and Anderson and their collaborators have given the social work profession an important text that will enrich the work of practitioners, researchers, and students faced with the challenges of helping families in contemporary society.
" . . . the most systematic examination of family group conferencing to date. Looking through the lens of practice, research, and policy, the authors explore not only the state of the art but also the state of the science related to this approach."--(Carol Wilson Spigner, DSW)
Kenneth L. Pray
"Social workers have repeatedly witnessed what happens to children and young persons when they grow up without support and protection, limits and opportunities, and pride in themselves and their heritage. We must take them seriously as individuals, and to consider carefully where and with whom they live, study, work, and have fun."--(Kenneth L. Pray, Professor School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania)