Family Group conferencing – a right and opportunity for every person and every family”


Tuesday 14th September 2021, 9.30-11.00 CET


By Maria Petkova is an executive director of Tulip Foundation since its establishment in 2004, and trainer on the Rights of the child and Family Group Conferencing.

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Each family is unique with its own culture, personalities, history.  Each family has its happy moments and difficult times. Families are usually able to cope with various problems with children, young people, and parents by themselves. The family is a natural protective system. Humans need to be part of group / community, in which they receive support and contribute while having control on their lives. There are also cases when professional help from institutions or services is necessary.

Family group conferencing makes the bridge. It is a way to find solutions to various problems as children, parents, members of the extended family, friends come together to make a plan. It allows people to restore and strengthen relationships and build practical support schemes for their children, parents, communities. The problems could be related to health, poverty, unemployment, child care, social exclusion, relations, racism, domestic violence, education, crime, mental health, care for older people etc. Tulip Foundation introduced the approach in Bulgaria a few years ago. The presentation includes the principles and the practice of Family group conferencing, the fields of life in which it is used as a powerful tool in prevention, early / crisis intervention and the effects on children and families. It is rights based model in compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights, the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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