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Preferred Futures (Family Group Conferencing)


All families run into problems from time to time but sometimes a little extra help is needed and this is when a Family Group Conference can help. You know your family best so by bringing together your extended family, friends and other connected people you can be supported to make your own important decisions and plans for your future. Children and young people are normally involved in their own FGC and contribute to creating the family plan although this is often with support from an advocate.

Family Group Conferencing can help with: 

  • Contact and living arrangements following a separation 
  • Family disputes and mediation 
  • antisocial behaviour 


Our service is open Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm 


BBIC Innovation Way, Barnsley, S75 1JL

How much

This service is lottery funded.

Who do I contact?

Call us for a chat on 01226 249590

How do I access?

It’s your choice. A Family Group Conference (FGC) will only go ahead if you agree to it, and you can change your mind at any time. We will contact you within 7 days of receiving your referral.

We accept referrals from any source including self-referrals and 3 things to consider are:

  • You have a wider support network who are willing to get involved (i.e. relatives, friends, neighbours, community members and agencies.
  • There is an important decision/s which you need to make a plan for.
  • You want it and you are ready to make changes.

Once we receive your referral one of our independent FGC Coordinators will have an initial meeting with the referrer to find out what they want to achieve through having an FGC. We will then contact you and arrange a convenient time for us to meet to discuss the referral, explain the process and confirm that you wish to go ahead with it.

Who to contact



Where to go

Preferred Futures
Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre
Innovation Way
S75 1JL
Last updated on 18/03/2020
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