Exploring local area data & monitoring of Family Group Conferences

Exploring local area data & monitoring of Family Group Conferences

Summary

This is a commissioned policy project to explore what Family Group Conferencing (FGC) data local areas currently collect, and also recommend a mechanism for routinely collecting this data across England.

Who, what, why and how?

Foundations have commissioned Coram to deliver this project, in partnership with Family Rights Group (FRG), Daybreak, and Data to Insight (D2I). The project began in January 2024 and will conclude in May 2024.
Although FGCs are a widely used intervention, there is no routinely collected data on FGCs and therefore we do not have a national picture of how many FGCs are offered by local authorities, whether they happen, and what the outcomes are. This project aims to find a way to embed routine data collection on FGCs across England.

Research Questions

The project has two key aims:

  1. To understand what data local authorities currently collect on FGCs at pre-proceeding stage specifically, and at other stages where relevant, and what data and monitoring systems they use for this purpose.
  1. To develop recommendations for how data could be routinely collected on families’ access to FGC at pre-proceedings,which should cover how as well as who should do it.

The project will achieve these aims by: assessing previous work on FGC data collection; conducting deep dive visits to three to four local authorities to understand their FGC data processes; consultation with parent and carers; interviews with stakeholders and FGC experts; co-design workshops with stakeholders to identify possible ways of routinely collecting FGC data across England.

 

Delivery Partners

Coram, in partnership with Family Rights Group (FRG), Daybreak, and Data to Insight (D2I).

Due Date

This project is due to be completed by May 2024.
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