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There are currently 13 FDAC teams across 21 local authorities, sitting in a total of 16 courts.



Camden, Islington, Lambeth, and Southwark

London FDAC the first UK FDAC started in 2008 as a three-year pilot, funded by central government, and is now a service commissioned by the participating local authorities. It operates from the Central Family Court, with the specialist team based close by.

London FDAC work in pre-proceedings and are also piloting a post-proceedings intervention. In 2015 in collaboration with the FDAC National Unit they developed the Early FDAC model and have been piloting this since April 2016. London FDAC are also working with some local authorities to explore how the FDAC problem-solving approach can be applied to more care proceedings where substance misuse may not be the presiding issue.


Milton Keynes & Bucks

Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire FDAC opened in July 2014. It serves the two local authorities and operates out of two courts, in Milton Keynes and Aylesbury. The specialist team works from a base in Milton Keynes.

In June 2016 Milton Keynes Family Court won a HMCTs regional award for partnership working in developing their FDAC service.

Given the success of the programme Milton Keynes & Bucks have now formally moved out of the pilot stage and the local authorities have commissioned a continued FDAC service.


East Sussex

East Sussex FDAC opened in April 2015.  It has grown out of the existing multi-disciplinary SWIFT service, commissioned jointly by children and adult social care. East Sussex has been particularly interested in using the FDAC approach to address mental health issues affecting substance misusing parents. Currently the court operates out of Hastings, and the team is based in Eastbourne. As of July 2016 a new FDAC court will be operating in Brighton and Hove, whose local authorities will by buying in services from the East Sussex team to work with a small number of their families.

The FDAC National Unit supported the four sites listed below to establish their FDACs using seed funding awarded from the Department for Education Innovation Programme 2015-2016.

Each site received funding for first-year costs of a project manager and half the cost of their specialist FDAC team. The local authorities matched this funding from local sources.



Coventry FDAC opened in October 2015. Their FDAC team developed out of an existing local authority court-based assessment service (CBAS) using funding to build in the FDAC multi-disciplinary specialisms. Alongside children’s service Public Health has contributed resources to the service and continues to champion the FDAC model. Coventry FDAC is also piloting Early FDAC.


West Yorkshire 

Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield

Between October 2015 – March 2016 West Yorkshire opened five FDACs. There are multi-disciplinary specialist FDAC teams, varying in size and make up, based in each of the five local authorities. The FDAC teams serve three FDAC courts operating out of Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees.


South West Peninsula

Plymouth, Torbay and parts of Devon

South West Peninsula FDAC opened in November 2015. South West Peninsula FDAC is one multi-disciplinary specialist team resourced jointly by the three local authorities. The team is based in a neutral location and operates out of three FDAC courts in Plymouth, Devon and Torbay.


Kent & Medway 

Kent & Medway FDAC opened in February 2016. Their FDAC team is managed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The team is based in Gillingham and the court operates out of Maidstone. Kent and Medway are also piloting Early FDAC.

Some areas around the country are piloting slightly adapted FDAC models to the evaluated. As with full fidelity FDAC sites the FDAC National Unit trains these teams and their Judiciary in the FDAC problem-solving approach and they use the FDAC National Unit’s data collection tools. These sites have not received seed funding from the Department for Education Innovation Programme.



Gloucestershire FDAC launched in March 2013. The team sits within the local authority Children & Young People Service and operates out of one court in Gloucester.

The key differences to the evaluated fidelity FDAC model are 1) that the FDAC social worker is also the local authority social worker and 2) their service works with families where there is a child aged under five years.



In September 2015 Southampton opened a pilot FDAC to work with six families over six months.  They have a small core FDAC team of non-case holding local authority social workers co-located in Southampton’s adult and children services. The FDAC social workers can coordinate expertise from and refer families into these local authority services. The team have seen promising results to date and as of July 2016 the Southampton pilot has been extended to include more cases.

For more information about these existing sites, contact Sophie Kershaw.