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Title: The participation promise of family group conferencing - theory or practice? : a qualitative comparison study of children's participation in family group conferences and child protection case conferences
Author: Hoy, Michael Anthony
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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This research was based on the fundamental right of children and young people to be e involved in decisions that affect their lives. It compared the participation experiences of young people who were involved in two types of family intervention within a Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. The interventions were the Family Group Conference and the Child Protection Case Conference, both of which have a requirement to facilitate the participation of young people. The research involved twenty four young people in semi-structured interviews and four focus groups of parents and professionals. The methodology was influenced by a participatory design of peer research. This involved the establishment of a Research Advisory Group made up of five young people who also had experience of a range of meetings with Social Services. This group of young people were active participants in the research design, implementation and review of this study. The study found that the Family Group Conference offers a high level of participation experience for young people which was lacking in Case Conference. It did not however follow that outcomes from Family Group Conferencing were more favourable from the young person's perspective with more positive results being seen from Case Conferences. The research concludes that both types of intervention have valuable lessons to learn from each other and identifies a range of individual, systemic and organisational influences on participation opportunities for young people.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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