ItemFamily Welfare Conferences: A Guide to Services in the Northeast(Barnardos, 2003) Barnardos; North Eastern Health BoardFamily Welfare Conferences originated in New Zealand in the 1980’s when it was highlighted that a disproportionately high number of Maori children were in care. The social services introduced Family Group Conferencing and a significant number of young people were returned home from care and, also, there was a reduction in the number of care proceedings. A Family Welfare Conference is a family led decision making meeting where the family gets together to try and make the best plan to address the concerns in relation to the child or young person. The meeting is facilitated by an independent co-ordinator from Barnardos. The role of the professional in the conference is to provide concise information about their concerns so that the family can make an informed plan in response to these concerns. ItemFamily Intervention and Support(Barnardos, No date) BarnardosFamily Intervention and Support (FIS) is an inter-agency programme designed to respond to families where there are needs in relation to drug and alcohol use, particularly where that use is impacting on the wellbeing of children and young people. The primary purpose is to support the parent / child relationships and to improve outcomes for children. ItemChild Contact Centre(Barnardos, No date) BarnardosBarnardos and One Family are working together to develop a new service called a Child Contact Centre, because we believe it is essential to the development of children that where possible they can grow up enjoying a positive relationship with both of their parents, even when they don’t live together.