Socio-economic returns on Family Groups Conferences for Dutch multi-problem families

Rob Jagtenberg, Annie de Roo

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In this chapter, private dispute resolution within one of the most basic governance units in society, i.e. the family is discussed, with reference to families in the Amsterdam metropolitan region experiencing multi problems (single parent, education, crime, domestic violence, proverty, etc.). The specific approach of the EKC is analyzed, in terms of costs and effectiveness, in comparison to professional youth care interventions. It appears that in this way, savings and long term beneficial effects can be calculated. In addition, the specific way in which court supervision, hence the rule of law, is linked into this system of autonomous dispute resolution, is discussed. The new legislation in the Netherlands based on the Voordewind private MP bill, is outlined, creating a unique balance between autonomous (private) and public dispute resolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Quiet Revolution - Aggrandising people power by Family Group Conferences
EditorsR. Clarijs, Th. Malmberg
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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