Reversing the Trend: Families Resolving and Responding to Their Own Problems of Living through Family Group Conferencing: An interview with Daniel Bogue


This interview explores the principles and practices of family group conferencing, as practiced in Ontario, Canada. The Ontario model draws on the family group conferencing first developed in New Zealand, and brings together practices of family therapy, children’s welfare, community organising, and ritual/spiritual concerns. By ‘widening the circle’ to include extended family members – often in quite protracted and difficult children’s welfare cases – family group conferencing allows for more voices to be heard, and families to develop their own solutions. This interview took place in Toronto in April, 2009. David Denborough was the interviewer.