Restorative Group Conferencing (also called Family Group Conferencing) uses a circle model, then goes further in allowing a community to make a detailed plan for the future. These services are often targeted at individuals who need relatively dramatic interventions in order to ensure success.
These conferences typically involve offenders and their families, victims and their families, representatives from public agencies like the courts and police, support persons such as social workers and case managers, and other members of the wider community that can offer information, support, perspective, resources, or services. While the initial portion of the conference includes all interested parties, long-term planning will typically involve only the offender and their family.
The process can be long and complex, and it isn't unusual to have it built around one or more meals in a comfortable space. Any plans built in the process may need to be approved by the court or other departments, such as probation, parole, or social services. Victims may also be able to comment on the appropriateness of a plan, ensuring accountability and restoration in the process.