Information for Social Workers on the Family Group Conference Process The referral form is in two parts. Please complete the first part giving as many details as you can about the family you are referring. The second part contains information for the family to be presented at the family group conference. This should be completed together with the referral form, and can be discussed later with the coordinator. The referring social worker should have already explained to the family what a family group conference is, and obtained agreement from the main carer(s). When a referral is received it is allocated to a coordinator from Galtons Associates, and the social worker is informed by letter or e-mail of the name of the coordinator and their phone number. The coordinator will contact the social worker as soon as possible after receiving the referral, and usually arrange to meet with them. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the focus for the conference, and the information and questions to be put to the family at the conference. As far as possible, the conference should be arranged at a time and venue to suit the family members’ circumstances. This may well mean that the conference is held out of normal working hours, such as in the evening or weekends, and it may also last for a few hours. The coordinator is responsible for meeting with family members, setting up the family group conference, arranging the venue, and ensuring family members can attend. The need for childcare and advocacy will be discussed with the family. The coordinator will provide light refreshments for the conference. If for any reason a family member cannot attend the conference, the coordinator will encourage that person to present their views by other means, such as a letter or telephone link. The social worker is responsible for attending the family group conference and telling the family about Children’s Services’ concerns. At this stage the social worker should outline possible resources that may be available to support the plan. The family has private planning time on their own. The coordinator and social worker remain on site to be consulted if necessary. When the family have made their plan, the coordinator will go through it with them, and help the family ensure the plan addresses the concerns. If possible the social worker should agree the plan immediately, although sometimes the plan needs to be agreed by a manager or the court. If the plan cannot be agreed on the day, the family should be informed by the social worker when they can expect to hear if it has been agreed. The family will be asked if they would like a review. FAMILY GROUP CONFERENCE REFERRAL FORM Please Return to the Children’s Commissioning Team (Preferably by email): _CYP Children's Commissioning Telephone: 020 8313 4165 Fax: 020 8313 4106 Part One 1. Referrer’s details: Name of Social Worker’s Social Worker Phone Number: making referral: Email Address: Social Worker’s Social Work Fax Number: Team / Workplace: Social Worker’s Manager: 2. Family Details: First Surname D.O.B Address Phone Ethnicit Name Number y Parent Carer Parent Carer Child m/f Child m/f Child m/f Child m/f Child m/f 3 Ethnicity: Language spoken at home: Have the family expressed a preference in terms of gender, Yes / No ethnicity, or any other attribute of the co-ordinator? If yes, Please specify Is an Interpreter Yes / No Language required? Required: 4. Extended Family Members: Relationship First Name Surname Address / Tel. No Ethnicity 5. Support Network / Significant Friends: Relationship First Name Surname Address / Tel. No Ethnicity 6. Reasons for referral: Reason for FGC Referral/ Objective: please select/indicate from the list below by highlighting the correct box and press Ctrl+X to insert a tick. Child at home requiring support Child in Kinship placement requiring support Child at home requiring an alternative kinship placement Child in care requiring a kinship placement Child in care returning to main carer Child at home requiring a contact schedule Child in care requiring a contact schedule Other Why are you making the referral for a Family Group Conference – what issues do you want the family network to address? At this stage, can you say what would not be acceptable as part of the family plan (known as “the bottom line”) and any alternative action social services may take if the family is unable to make a plan? 7. Are the children subject to any Orders or on the child protection register? Yes / No (please Specify) 8. Are there Health and Safety concerns that the coordinator or others need to be aware of? (If you are unsure please discuss this with us) 9. Has this referral been discussed with the family and a leaflet given? Yes / No 10. Is there a specific timescale or deadline for the Family Group Conference to take place? (Please be aware that we aim to complete FGCs within a six week deadline) Yes / No Please specify Signed Position Date Part Two Information for the Family This section contains information for the family to be presented at the family group conference. What are the current concerns? What questions does the Family Group Conference need to address? What strengths do you think the family have? What resources do you think the family may need, including financial?
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