FDAC: the problem-solving court

FDAC is a problem-solving court approach to improving outcomes for children involved in care proceedings. It offers an alternative – and more successful – 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. It offers parents optimism about recovery and change, combined with a realistic understanding of the immense challenge they face.

The FDAC National Unit

The National Unit is a partnership of five organisations working to extend the FDAC service across England and Wales and to change the way children and families experience care proceedings. This website explains the FDAC model and the work of the National Unit. It will keep you up to date with news from existing and new FDAC sites, the emerging lessons from practice and research, and answers to the common questions people ask us.  

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This year Family Law will continue to publish our blogs about FDAC.  The latest one is written by the East Sussex FDAC team. Read it here.

 It covers the purpose of drug and alcohol testing in FDAC work, the testing methods used and their timing, how testing can help bring about positive change for parents and families, the complexities involved, and why and how testing should be viewed as one important feature of FDAC’s iterative assessment and intensive intervention process.

As the team says:

‘Testing is a necessary part of gathering information: it helps provides a fuller understanding of the issues underlying the dependence on alcohol and/or other drugs, as well as of the impact this has on parents’ care of their children.’

To read all the current blogs in our FDAC Family Law series visit our website here.


Kent & Medway FDAC recruiting now – social workers needed!

Are you looking for a new job opportunity? Kent and Medway are looking for problem-solving, compassionate, innovative social workers to join their multi-disciplinary team. You’ll be working with the team to help vulnerable families work towards brighter futures. FDACs alternative approach uses trauma-informed practice to break destructive cycles of misuse to achieve better outcomes for children and families.

Listen to FDAC parent stories here and hear how you could make a difference as part of an FDAC team.

Follow the links below to find out information on the advertised posts and how to apply:

Senior Practitioner Social Worker

Social Worker

Apply before 7th May!

Congratulations to the Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane - new President of the Family Division from July 2018: https://t.co/c9yjbehstu

FDAC warmly welcomes this well-deserved appointment! #familyjustice

Looking for a job? Come and join the FDAC family! Social worker position available in Kent & Medway FDAC https://t.co/hc6aCFKSJC Get your application in before 7th May! #jobs #hiring

Highlighting the need for services to support the complex needs and trauma surrounding substance misuse for families. Working with families to break destructive, often intergenerational cycles is key for improving outcomes for children and is hopefully part of this package!

Department of Health and Social Care@DHSCgovuk

We are announcing a £6million package to help the children of alcohol-dependent parents. Our series of measures will give these children faster access to support and advice https://t.co/ei2zCOnm8y

Come and join the FDAC community! Exciting opportunity to join the Kent & Medway FDAC team, you'll be working with families to break the destructive cycle of substance misuse and related issues for brighter futures. Senior Practitioner position available https://t.co/TcEBP78XzQ

Lovely to hear positive feedback from a Student Social Worker in Leeds commenting on her work with the FDAC team and on FDAC's holistic way of working with parents! #TuesdayThoughts #SocialWork

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