Pathways and Outcomes: A study of 335 referrals to the Family Welfare Conference (FWC) service in Dublin.
Dr Valerie O’Brien UCD with Hannaleena Ahonen FWC Service Leader in TUSLA, Dublin, has completed a study of the Family Welfare Conference service. The purpose of the study is threefold. Firstly, it aims to provide, through a file audit, a profile of the cases referred to the to the FWC service in the years 2011- 2013 in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. Secondly, it aims to capture outcomes arising in cases referred to the service and thirdly, it is intended that these findings can help in planning future FWC service provision.
The work builds on the work of another FTAI member, Catrina Scanlan who was instrumental in pointing to the need for the research now published when she managed the service .
Family welfare conferencing is a methodology that is based on enhancing partnership between professionals and families. It fits with many of the values that systemic therapists holds dear and to that end, therapists should be aware that it is a service and method that has much to offer .
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