A working meeting of the partners in the programme for exchange of practices for Family Group Conferencing took place in Berlin from 18 to 22 June. The team of Tulip Foundation invited colleagues from other organisations to join the study visit. This time participated Eleonora Lilova Chairperson of the State Child Protection Agency, Malina Slavova from Opportunity and Protection Association in Haskovo, Ilian Rizov from Co-participation Association in Varna, Nina Nikolova from Naia Association in Targovishte, Hristalina Halacheva, Secretary of Targovishte Municipality, Galina Mollova from Future for Children Association in Kazanluk, Daniela Ruseva, Head of Child Protection Department in the same town and Blagovest Stoilov, senior expect at the Agency for Social Assistance.
Regarding the theme of new forms similar to Family Group Conferencing, Volker Langner presented truly interactively „Neighbourhood Circles”.
Anja Wetzel and Sina Adamy presented the programme for “Personal Future Planning”, which is used in Germany since some time.
The partners from Germany, France, The UK and Bulgaria presented the schemes for funding the expenses for the organisation of FGC in their countries and the financial challenges During the session for sharing of practices the partner organisations presented their ways for training of independent coordinators. All presentations were followed by lively discussions.
Prof. Dr. Frank Früchtel from the University of Potsdam was a special guest. His presentation “FCG within a framework of relational social work” provoked numerous questions and comments.
A working meeting of the core team of the transnational project took place in the last afternoon of the gathering.
The “Exchange of practices for Family Group Conferencing in Europe” project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the EC.