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Family Group Conferencing

Family Group Conferencing

Family group conferencing is an innova­tive approach intended to divert young offenders from the courts. Young offenders who admit to the commission of a crime have the opportunity to partici­pate in a conference.

During the conference victims and their families are able to explain how the incident has affected them and help come up with a restorative outcome. The offender has the opportunity to apologize, make amends, and pay restitution or do community service work. The conference is coordinated by a trained police officer. During the conference, the officer acts only as a facilitator, not as a participant. Family group conferencing demonstrates how citizens can resolve their own problems when provided with a constructive forum to do so.