Register now for Children 1st’s Family Group Decision Making training

This May, Children 1st, in partnership with Robert Gordon University and Edinburgh City Council, is offering in-person comprehensive SCQF level 9 certified training in Family Group Decision Making (FGDM).

The training is aimed at social workers, health, social care, and/or children’s services professionals. It is particularly relevant for those who want to develop and improve their skill and knowledge in delivering FGDM, or who want to explore the model’s application to their service.

FGDM is an approach that brings a child’s wider family to come together to agree a family plan to support their child, before a life-changing decision is made about the child’s future. It offers professionals a practical way of fulfilling Scotland’s Promise to keep children safe and loved in their families and to uphold children’s rights under the UNCRC.

Children 1st has been the driving force in bringing FGDM to Scotland. We are educating and training local authorities and partner organisations about the approach and its far-reaching impact for children and families.

The course uses a mixture of learning styles, including experiential learning to engage the heads and hearts of participants, and at the end of the course you will: 

  • be able to coordinate and run an effective Family Group Meeting
  • understand the theory underpinning FGDM and how it is applied in practice
  • be able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and values required to act as an FGDM coordinator
  • be able to compare FGDM with another model and the circumstances under which FGDM is appropriate.

The training will be delivered by Sara Ali from Children 1st and Julie Falconer from Edinburgh City Council. Sara has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector and has spent half a decade developing and leading FGDM services. Julie is an FGDM team leader with over 15 years of experience of delivering FGDM.

An attendee at a previous training said: “From gaining consent through to the meeting and review meeting, I feel I know the order things should be done in and how they should be done.” Another attendee commented: “It was facilitated well and everyone was approachable and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed my time on it.”

The training is taking place in Glasgow over four days on the 4th, 5th, 17th, and 18th of May.

To register your interest in the training course, please visit the Children 1st website.