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The quiet revolution,
Aggrandising people power by Family Group Conferences.
Book edited by: René Clarijs & Thijs Malmberg (eds.) ISBN: 9789088503726.

The quiet revolutionThe all-encompassing welfare state that often suffocates citizens is having its final drink in the last-chance saloon. The introduction of the open market as a possible alternative has not been successful either. People are suppressed by the expanding 'system world', damaging their 'life world'. For that reason the welfare state does not need to be reformed, but replaced. The participation state is the natural successor. In that society - which could also be characterised as do-it-yourselves - people themselves prefer to address and resolve issues affecting their own living conditions on a family and community level. This transition in the western world from 'state power' to 'people power' implies that governments and nonprofit organisations must assume a different position. Both parties must exercise restraint so that, at last, the civil society can show its power. Self-management and self-governance become more and more important. This fundamental shift is occurring in a time of peace and quiet and for that reason we can talk about a quiet revolution. A renowned and famous example of what people power is able to achieve, is the phenomena of Family Group Conference. Initially, this way of solving social and personal problems originates from New Zealand, but it is spreading rapidly throughout the western world. More information.



Knowledge Review of Family Group Conferencing
(2014), Skaale Havnen, K. J., Christiansen, Ø.

   "This review aims to provide knowledge and
    information about the current status of family group  
    conferencing used by the child welfare services and the
    status of FGC in other areas. The review team worked on
    this assignment for the Norwegian            

   Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, from
   December 2013 to July 2014."

   More information.

Family Group Conference from a child perspective, Nordic Research Report.
(2009), Heino, T.

   "The aims for the research project were: 1) to seek for and
    to develop an alternative way to explore FGC and in
    general, social work;
2) to strengthen the position of
    research focusing on the child;
3) to strengthen the
    position of the child and to keep the child perspective
    visible in practical child protection social work;
4) to
    create ways to establish dialogical settings and to carry
    out dialogues between both the Nordic researchers and  
    between people in the practical research settings in each

The research was carried out in a child protection context in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and in Sweden. More information.