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.

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The FDAC National Unit

The National Unit is a partnership of six 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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FDAC news !!!

 Watch FDAC’s new video. Listen to FDAC parents. Read about the benefits of Motivational Interviewing. 

The FDAC NU has created a new promotional video. Scroll up to hear from FDAC parents, local authority commissioners and judges with first-hand knowledge of the FDAC model. Hear about the FDAC process, why the model works and how it creates a better experience of justice for parents. The video also includes the positive views on FDAC from Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales.

On our reflections from parents page you can also listen to 3 FDAC parents talking about their experiences, the challenges, the benefits and how FDAC is different from ordinary care proceedings.

 Lastly for this post, Donald Forrester, Professor of Social Work Research and Director of the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire, has written a useful article explaining the benefits of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in social work practice. The FDAC judges and specialist team are trained by the FDAC NU to use this strengths-based approach. Parents, judges and other professionals speak highly of how MI motivates FDAC parents to put their best foot forward.

 “I have been enabled to learn, grow and take responsibility for my actions as a parent.”

 “You helped me reflect back on the past and deal with my issues.”

Quotes from FDAC parents