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Study Reports on Success of Family Group Conferences in Schools in Hampshire County, England, UK

Posted 2005-03-23

"Supporting Pupils, Schools and Families: An Evaluation of the Hampshire Family Group Conferences in Education Project," a report by the University of Sheffield, England, UK, evaluates 50 family group conferences (FGCs) carried out in schools in Hampshire County, from implementation through many months after each conference. The FGCs were meant to help young people aged 5-15 with behavior and attendance problems, but often addressed family and welfare issues as well. FGCs were seen as having a significantly positive effect: Presenting problems improved in over half of the young people studied; 90 percent of family members said they would recommend FGCs to others; and young people said they found the FGCs to be helpful.