Restoring Youth: Creative Courts & Caring Communities

Family Group Decision Making

Family Group Decision Making and Truancy (Non-attendance) Mediation focuses on:
  • What relationships need to be built?
  • What relationships need to be restored?

Restorative Practices believes:
  • Children are precious members of the community and we have an obligation to support them in reaching their potential.
  • Every child, family and environment is unique and must be treated as such.
  • Families are doing the best that they can.
  • Families possess the answers to their problems and may need support in uncovering those answers.
  • Building and restoring relationships are key in helping to get and keep children attending school.
Family Group Decision Making:
  • All interventions should have engagement of the child and the family as the priority. When we work with the child and family:
    • We increase the likeliness of a positive outcome.
    • We will increase cooperation and collaboration.
    • We will increase the probability of change.
  • Plan of Action should contain:
    • Clear and specific goals
    • Clearly defined shared responsibilities
    • Timelines
    • Explanations of positive and negative consequences
    • Follow-up