More support for families

A legal entitlement to restorative family group conferences

We need to stop making decisions for families and start making decisions with families – including listening to children’s voices.

As part of a suite of reforms for improving the ACT’s troubled care and protection system, a Canberra Liberals Government will guarantee that all at-risk families have a legal entitlement to restorative family group conferences.

This family-led decision-making is a legally binding process that seeks to resolve concerns of abuse or neglect before the government takes over and before a matter is referred to the court. With the assistance of a trained coordinator, the family develops a plan to resolve the situation and remove the risk. Agreements are approved and monitored by child welfare agents.

While a very small number of families in the ACT have been given the option of a family group conference, a Canberra Liberals Government will make this option a legal entitlement for all families.