chapter  8
Mechanisms for empowerment: family group conferences and local family advocacy schemes
ByJo Tunnard
Pages 20

INTRODUCTION The Children Act 1989 challenged local authorities to identify and provide for the needs of children and their families, rather than focus on parental shortcomings. It requires a redirection away from targeted services for children at risk of abuse, towards universal provision of services aimed at reducing stress on families and the need for crisis intervention. It demands that children and their families play a greater part in planning for their future, and that services reflect the lessons learnt from consulting with the community about their needs.