STARTING AN FDAC IN YOUR AREA

As momentum grows for establishing new FDACs, what are the main questions coming into the National Unit from around the country?

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+ FDAC principles

You will want to ensure fidelity to the evaluated model.

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+ Making a good start

Local social care and judicial champions, and the early involvement of potential partner agencies, give greatest chance of success.

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+ Governance

Your Steering Group, Operational Group and project manager will make all the difference.

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+ Scoping the need

You need to establish how many FDAC cases you are likely to have per year.

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+ Mapping resources

Determine the range of services that can be drawn on and the gaps that the specialist team might need to fill.

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+ Court matters

Think about court location, case listings, providing judicial continuity, and the use of space in and beyond the court room.

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+ The specialist team

The ethos of the team and its multi-disciplinary composition are important, as are links with but independence from the local authority, and the role of parent mentors.

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+ Finances

Consider start-up costs, the cost per family receiving the service, and sharing the costs and benefits with partner agencies.

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+ Evaluation

You will want to track case variables, use standardised tools to measure change over time, and compare child and parent outcomes with other sites and with the independent evaluation of the original UK FDAC model.

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The National Unit also provides opportunities for learning and networking about getting going locally. Click here to find out more.