We work to improve outcomes for children and families
Family drug and alcohol courts (FDACs) are a problem-solving court approach which improve outcomes for children involved in care proceedings. They offer an alternative way of supporting parents to overcome the substance misuse, mental health and domestic abuse problems that have put their children at risk of serious harm.
The FDAC model has been evaluated since inception in 2008. Independent research published by Brunel and Lancaster University and RyanTunnardBrown in 2014 and in 2016 comparing FDAC to ordinary care proceedings has concluded that the outcomes for children and families in FDAC are far better than in normal care proceedings. Research also confirms that parents and professionals were overwhelmingly positive about the FDAC model, praising both the skills of the team in motivating and engaging parents and describing FDAC proceedings as much more collaborative and less adversarial than ordinary care proceedings.
In 2015, the Centre for Justice Innovation undertook a financial analysis of the London FDAC. The research demonstrates that FDACs save money for the taxpayer: savings generated by FDAC exceed the cost of the service within two years of the start of the case and for each £1 spent, £2.30 is saved.
The Centre for Justice Innovation believes that every family that could benefit from a Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) should be able to access one. In partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and RyanTunnardBrown, the Centre’s mission is to provide national leadership to strengthen, expand and champion the FDAC approach. In doing so, we are building on the legacy of the former FDAC National Unit, which closed in September 2018.
This handbook provides practitioners with comprehensive information and a set of tools about FDAC operations. This was developed by the now closed FDAC National Unit under Department of Education funding.