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The effectiveness of Family Group Conferencing in The Netherlands, implementation and effectiveness: the role of family managers, method characteristics and family factors


- candidate number15814
- NTR NumberNTR4303
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR3-dec-2013
- Secondary IDsEK-c  
- Public TitleThe effectiveness of Family Group Conferencing in The Netherlands, implementation and effectiveness: the role of family managers, method characteristics and family factors
- Scientific TitleThe effectiveness of Family Group Conferencing in The Netherlands, implementation and effectiveness
- ACRONYM
- hypothesisFamily Group Conferencing is regularly carried out in the Netherlands as a decision making procedure in youth care. Aim is to allow families to develop their own help plan, aiming to address the problems in such way that the family continues to be leading (instead of a professional worker), however, with one condition?: that the safety of the children in the families is guaranteed. At the end of a Family Group Conference, there has to be agreement between the family members, members of the broader social network, of the coordinator Family Group conferencing and family Manager of Bureau Youth Care on the carrying out of the help plans that have been developed during the family group conference. Question is, however, whether the Family Group conferences and the FG plans that have been developed are effective in terms of 1) more safety for children in the families, 2) an increased commitment of the social network, 3) increased control of the family (empowerment), and less use of professional care. Most research shows positive results, based on pre-post test assessments. Those studies that did include a control group show negative or contradictory findings. The only Dutch study using a comparison group concludes that the reported positive results cannot be attributed to Family Group Conferencing with certainty. Evidence for the effectiveness of Family Group Conferencing in Dutch Youth Care is thus still lacking. The present study aims to find out whether Family Group conferencing and the carrying out of the FG plans are effective. Goals are thus to find out whether Family Group Conferences and the carrying out of the FG plans indeed lead to: 1) sufficient safety of the children in the family; 2) increased commitment of the social network; 3) increased control of the family regarding family problems, empowerment of the parents; less professional care. A second aim is to examine whether the effectiveness of Family group conferencing is affected by characteristics of the method, characteristics of the Family Managers or characteristics of participating families.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedChildren, Safety, Family involvement
- Inclusion criteriaall families referred to Bureau Youth Care Amsterdam and Surroundings, meeting the inclusion criteria to be helped by BYCA
- Exclusion criteriaFamilies whose problems are not sufficiently severe to be offered help by BYCA
- mec approval receivedno
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingNone
- control[default]
- group[default]
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 14-jan-2014
- planned closingdate30-nov-2015
- Target number of participants300
- InterventionsFamily Group Conferencing and Functional Family Parole Service case management method of BYCA versus Functional Family Parole Service case management method of BYCA versus
- Primary outcomechild safety (decrease in out of home-placements, abuse/neglect, shorter periods of supervision order)
increased commitment of social network parents are in control/empowered less professional care
- Secondary outcomecharacteristics of the carrying out of the program
characteristics of family managers
characteristics of participating families
- TimepointsT1 = pre-test
T2 = post-test (1 month after FGC) - by telephone
T3 = post-test 2 (3 months after FGC) - by telephone
T4 = post-test 3 (6 months after FGC) - questionnaire
T5 = follow-up assessment, 12 months after FGC
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusplanned
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES
- Sponsor/Initiator University of Amsterdam (UvA)
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
ZON-MW, The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryEvidence for the effectiveness of Family Group Conferencing in Dutch Youth Care is thus still lacking. The present study aims to find out whether Family Group conferencing and the carrying out of the FG plans are effective. Goals are thus to find out whether Family Group Conferences and the carrying out of the FG plans indeed lead to: 1) sufficient safety of the children in the family; 2) increased commitment of the social network; 3) increased control of the family regarding family problems, empowerment of the parents; less professional care. A second aim is to examine whether the effectiveness of Family group conferencing is affected by characteristics of the method, characteristics of the Family Managers or characteristics of participating families.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD3-dec-2013 - 3-jan-2014


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