Chapter 9. The Family Group Conference in ChildWelfare: A View from New Zealand

  1. Brid Featherstone professor2,
  2. Carol-Ann Hooper senior lecturer3,
  3. Jonathan Scourfield Reader and
  4. Julie Taylor Professor4
  1. Margaret McKenzie senior lecturer

Published Online: 30 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684771.ch9

Gender and Child Welfare in Society

Gender and Child Welfare in Society

How to Cite

McKenzie, M. (2010) The Family Group Conference in ChildWelfare: A View from New Zealand, in Gender and Child Welfare in Society (eds B. Featherstone, C.-A. Hooper, J. Scourfield and J. Taylor), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684771.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Bradford, UK

  2. 3

    University of York, UK

  3. 4

    School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Otago, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470681862

Online ISBN: 9780470684771



  • family group conference in child welfare, from New Zealand;
  • Family Group Conference (FGC) approach and child protection and welfare decision-making;
  • FGC, statutory process - core of child welfare legislation in New Zealand;
  • FGC, promoted as an empowering process;
  • child protection practice within the broader field of child welfare;
  • family group conference - micro-level decision-making practice intervention for child protection;
  • origins of FGC in New Zealand;
  • Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989 (CYP&F Act);
  • empowerment and FGC;
  • FGCs, depending on availability and willingness of family and family networks


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The origins of the FGC in New Zealand

  • Gender or culture?

  • Researching FGCs – the evidence base in New Zealand

  • Empowerment and the FGC

  • Experiences and challenges of FGC in New Zealand

  • What's in a name?

  • Family relationships and family networks – available? willing?

  • Gender relations and family power dynamics

  • The role of FGC coordinators in the FGC process: a gendered profession

  • Cultural relations/cultural imperatives

  • Conclusion

  • References