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.  

Fdac newspapers, fdac, national unit, fdac model, evidence model, research, problem-solving, research, evaluation


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.


The FDAC National Unit would like to personally congratulate Beverly Barnett-Jones, Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) Project Manager, FDAC advocate and friend, for she has been recognised for her hard work and compassion at the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours.

Beverley was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) at a Ceremony last Saturday (June 9) for her services to social work and in developing the FDAC programme in the Midlands.

A qualified social worker who has worked in the field of child protection and family justice for many years, Beverley championed the setup of a FDAC in Coventry and was instrumental in the development of a court based assessment service (CBAS) offering families going through the family court an excellent service of assessment and intervention. Beverley is a first generation Windrush Child, whose parents hail from Jamaica, and has recently blogged about her reaction to receiving the award.

Coventry’s FDAC began seeing families in 2015, giving families a real opportunity to try and turn their lives around and ultimately keep families together.  Beverley’s determination means many more families in Coventry have access to FDAC’s unique and successful approach which improves the lives of children who face removal due to their parents substance misuse issues.

Beverley is now working with Walsall Borough Council and 5 other Local Authorities to bring a new FDAC to help families in the Black Country.

Beverley Barnett-Jones MBE said:
“It was an honour to receive this recognition. Working in this field can be equal parts challenging and rewarding on a daily basis, and to receive a formal honour is a good feeling for both myself and my colleagues. I have learnt much from the parents and children I have worked with and the remarkable resilience and bravery many have shown in sometimes difficult and painful recovery journeys. It has been a wondrous opportunity to work with and find FDAC. ”

Steve Bambrough, Director of the FDAC National Unit, said:
“Everyone in the FDAC community is proud of Beverley. This is well deserved recognition for Beverley, for both her social work and her tireless efforts to setup an FDAC in Coventry and now the Black Country. She really wanted to give families the best chance at positive outcomes, and an MBE is great recognition for both Beverley and the teams she has worked with.”


Learn more about a parent’s journey through FDAC:

Listen to FDAC parent stories here and hear how FDAC helped them help themselves.

The Care Crisis Review, echoing the President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby’s call to action in 2016, has published its findings.
Pleased to see FDAC highlighted as good practice!
See report here https://t.co/A0gBuG42Bf #carecrisisreview #carecrisis

FDAC's problem-solving model should be extended to reach more vulnerable families around the country. FDAC is a fair and just approach, it is less adversarial and it is how care proceedings should work.
Read the Care Crisis Review here https://t.co/2yomLGL19k #carecrisisreview

FDAC's humane approach to proceedings supports families with complex issues and responds to their various needs. The Care Crisis Review features FDAC as an example of good practice in care proceedings. Read the Care Crisis Review here https://t.co/5px7dYTxq0 #carecrisisreview

The Care Crisis Review, echoing the President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby’s call to action in 2016, has published its findings.
Pleased to see FDAC highlighted as good practice!
See report here https://t.co/A0gBuG42Bf #carecrisisreview #carecrisis

Huge congratulations to @Jones1Beverley, FDAC Project Manager, who was recently awarded an MBE for services to vulnerable children in Coventry! Read more in Bev's blog on @BASW_UK https://t.co/VdamDw6PbL #MBE #QueensBirthdayHonours #SocialWork

Load More...