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Need help and advice

If your family is involved with children's services, or you need help from these services, our interactive web-pages will give you the information you need

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Policy and Campaigns

Read about our family and friends campaigns, policy work and download our press releases

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Family Group Conferences

A family group conference is a process led by family members to plan and make decisions for a child who is at risk

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Supporters Network

By joining the Family Rights Group Supporters’ Network, you agree to make a donation, no matter how big or small, which will make a crucial contribution to our work.

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About us

Family Rights Group's goal is to enable children to be raised safely and thrive within their family and community.

The Charity was established in 1974, by a group of lawyers, social workers and academics who were concerned about how families were treated when social services were involved with their children.

We work with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with members of the wider family who are raising children unable to remain at home.

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Our work includes

Our unique position

  • our starting point is the child within the family
  • our independence from government and statutory services
  • our history and commitment to listening to, involving and working with families
  • our determination to challenge when required and always provide workable answers
  • our experience in pioneering family-centred approaches to child welfare
  • our record in research and promoting evidence-based solutions
  • our commitment to working with families, community groups, professionals, academics and policy makers to enable more children to live safely within their families.

Telephone Advice Line

If you are a parent, family member or friend of a child, in England or Wales, who has social workers involved in your child’s life, or if you need extra support from Children’s Services, and would like to speak to an adviser, please call our free and confidential helpline.

0808 801 0366 

(Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm)


Discussion Boards

For advice from our advisers, or to get online support from other people in a similar position to you, visit the parents or family and friends carers forums.  To explore new research and to discuss ideas with practitioners and families, visit the FGC Network  or the Your Family, Your Voice Alliance Boards. If you are a domestic violence worker or social worker in London, visit our new research and practice  board.




We have answered the most commonly asked questions put to FRG advisers. Please follow the links to see a list of questions and answers, grouped together by subject.

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Advice Sheets

For more detailed information, please see our range of advice sheets on family support, child protection, looked after children, family and friends care, adoption or challenging decisions.

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Family Rights Group has produced films for families to help ‘demystify’ the child welfare system.

Go to the relevant films to view fictionalised cases which show what happens when a child protection conference is held and similarly when a family group conference takes place.

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Latest News

In response to the Ministry of Justice report

Our response to @MoJGovUK legal aid report -Ministers listened & are extending scope of legal aid to: parents in Placement & Adoption Order proceedings; SGOs in private law.

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Kinship Carers Survey

Introduction Please complete this survey if you are a kinship carer in the UK. A kinship carer is a family member or friend who is raising a child under the age of 18 because their parents are not able to safely care for them.

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Transforming children’s services inquiry - publications

Our submission, drawing on evidence & findings from the Care Crisis Review, to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry into Transforming Children's Social Care

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