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Independent As and When Family Group Conference Coordinator

Ref: 26182

Location: Harrow Council

Directorate: Children Services

Contract Type: As and When

Working Hours: As and When needed

Closing Date: 27/06/2021

Interview Dates: TBC

Salary Range: £20.51 per hour


An opportunity has arisen for up to three additional Family Group Conference (FGC) Coordinators to join the FGC Team

Harrow FGC Service has been an in-house serving its borough with independent pool of FGC Coordinators since October 2016. Harrow has consistently led the way in the exploration of positive outcomes they have supported for the children, young people, and their families, and in providing a model of Good Practice throughout the pandemic. Any FGC Coordinator who joins us will be supported to develop their practice with access to a thorough induction process, specialised training, one to one supervision where needed, and the opportunity to contribute to adding value to the wider field.

Professor Sue White (2018) FGCs “…should not be considered a ‘magic bullet’ for keeping children at home but as a way of involving families in decision-making…this is the right thing to do, not because of arguments about effectiveness or outcomes, but because collaborative engagement between families and professionals lies at the heart of good practice.” – with this firmly in mind, Harrow FGC Service believes in offering FGCs for families whenever it is deemed necessary; from early support, to Child in Need, Child Protection, within the Public Law Outline (PLO) process, and the Court arena.

About us:

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station, there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible via the M1, M25 and A406.

About you:

Harrow FGC Service is keen to have a team that reflects our communities, and where possible lift up those who have accessed a FGC Service in the past. We need people who are:

  • passionate about empowering children, young people, and their families to make decisions for themselves and reclaim their power for positive change as they are supported by professionals to do so.
  • personable and able communicators
  • good listeners
  • able to take a neutral, non-judgemental stance as they help families help themselves.

If you’ve used the FGC Service as a family member, family friend, or subject young person and you want to become a FGC Coordinator, we would welcome your application.

These are unique posts, and it is expected that if you are a not someone who has previously accessed a FGC Service as a family member, family friend, or subject young person, you will need to:

  • Be a trained Family Group Co-ordinator
  • Or an experienced facilitator of meetings
  • Have some understanding of the FGC model within child protection and the PLO process.

There is no set working pattern for the role and therefore the posts require a great degree of personal flexibility and self-management in order to meet the needs of our families. It will involve working evenings, weekends and at times travel outside of the Harrow area to fit in with families allocated to you.

This post is exempt under the provisions of the Rehabilitations of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Interview process:

The interview process will involve you completing:

  1. A 10 minute presentation on the FGC Model and process
  2. A timed roleplay
  3. An interview with a panel.

Should Covid19 restrictions still be in place and face to face interviews are deemed to not be possible, this will be conducted via video conferencing on Microsoft Teams.

For more information, please refer to the Role Profile/Selection Criteria.

Important Note

Our staff are our greatest asset and therefore no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender, reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification applies.

Harrow is committed to making our recruitment practises barrier-free and as accessible as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format please contact us at


We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community, LGBTQ+ applicants and disabled applicants, as they are under-represented within Harrow Council at this level. Appointment will always, however be made on merit.

Role Profile/Selection Criteria

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