Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)

FDAC aims to keep families togetherThe award-winning Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is run by Coram and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, a leading London-based provider of mental health care and education.

FDAC offers an alternative, more successful way of supproting parents to overcome substance misuse, mental health issues and domestic abuse that have put their children at risk of serious harm. 

FDAC aims to help parents stabilise or stop using drugs and/or alcohol and, where possible, keep families together. The process involves co-ordinating a range of services so that a family’s needs and strengths are considered, with everyone working towards a safe and stable family for the child. 

The work is underpinned by the beleif that parents can change and that the court has a roel as an agent of change. When this is not possible FDAC works to ensure that parents are treated fairly in court proceedings. 

Coram works with the Trust to implement FDAC across ten London boroughs, as one of nine specialist FDAC teams across the UK. 66 families across London have had access to this pioneering approach over the past year. 

In the coming year, FDAC will continue to build expertise in recognising the impact of early developmental trauma and will use Video Interaction Guidance to help parents rebuild relationships with their children.

How FDAC is different

Unlike conventional care proceedings, parents in FDAC:

  • see the same judge throughout the course of the proceedings
  • have regular court reviews without legal representatives
  • receive support from a multi-disciplinary team linked to the court including assessment of parental substance misuse and parenting ability; intervention plans; fast access to substance misuse services; and help with housing issues, domestic violence and financial hardship
  • receive drug/alcohol testing via the FDAC team
  • are offered extra support from volunteer parent mentors
  • benefit from a dedicated pool of children’s guardians attached to the court

 

To find out more about this service contact our Family Drug and Alcohol Court team by telephone 020 7278 5708 or email fdacteam@coram.org.uk 

Further information

Visit the FDAC website

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