What we do
Daybreak is the country’s leading national voluntary organisation focused entirely on the delivery of family group conferences (FGCs) and related training.
Daybreak delivers programmes of the highest quality and aims for continuous service improvement, through:
- systematic monitoring and collection of feedback
- rigorous selection and training of staff, independent coordinators and volunteers
- inspiring individual and collective responsibility across the workforce
Our work is widely recognised as achieving great results for children, adults and their families whilst making significant cost savings for Local Authorities and other agencies.
Why use Daybreak?
Daybreak is at the forefront of FGC innovation and development, pioneering new approaches and the use of FGCs in new contexts.
Daybreak is influential in raising awareness of the benefits of FGCs and promoting their wider use nationally and internationally.
Daybreak plays a leading role in raising professional standards through the development and accreditation systems for FGC programmes and in capacity building through training of managers and practitioners and maintains a register of approved coordinators.
Daybreak actively seeks to advance knowledge about FGCs through its involvement in high quality research initiatives.
Daybreak's Founder Retires.
During May of this year, Daybreak staff and Trustees undertook the weighty task of bidding our founder, Marilyn Taylor, best wishes in her retirement as CEO of the organisation she has lead successfully over the past 18 years.
It was the inspiring vision which she brought into focus that recognised the power and value which Family Group Conferencing could contribute to the circumstances some face in doing their best for children in challenging situations.
Starting modestly, Marilyn championed the processes and procedures which we would now recognise as the Daybreak way and built a charity to undertake significant social action. Broadening the coverage beyond vulnerable children and spreading the word to commissioning authorities across the South of England, it was Marilyn's genius which lead Daybreak to hold the premier position it does.
Her legacy is the continuing transformative work which Daybreakfgc enables, the international recognition which ensues and the determination to make that essential difference which typifies the attitude of all colleagues who keep the work going forward.
While it was somewhat sad to be saying our goodbyes, we know that Marilyn will continue her connection with Daybreak as an Ambassador with particular interest in international opportunities. We wish her well in all the freedoms she will also enjoy as a retiree, especially the time to travel more and to spend time with her family.
Godspeed Marilyn, you take forward our admiration and our grateful thanks.
Chairman of Trustees.