Around the UK there are currently 9 FDAC Teams, working in 12 courts and servicing 15 local authorities in: London, Gloucestershire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Coventry, South West Peninsula (Devon, Plymouth and Torbay), Kent and Medway, Southampton, and Leeds.
Camden, 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.
For more information about London FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: SWebb.FDACTEAM@coram.org.uk
Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire
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.
Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire FDAC has completed its pilot and is now a permanent service commissioned by the two local authorities.
For more information about Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: David.Glover-Wright@fdact.org.uk
East Sussex FDAC opened in April 2015. It has grown out of the existing multi-disciplinary SWIFT service, commissioned jointly by Children’s Social Care and the local NHS Foundation Trust. 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.
For more information about East Sussex FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Vicki.Ellis@eastsussex.gov.uk
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 Services, Public Health has contributed resources to the service and continues to champion the FDAC model. Coventry FDAC is also piloting Early FDAC.
For more information about Coventry FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Jane.Dunne@coventry.gov.uk
Between October 2015 – March 2016 Leeds was one of five FDACs which opened in West Yorkshire part funded by the Department for Education Innovation Programme. These FDAC teams served three FDAC courts operating out of Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees.
Due to funding challenges 4 of the local authorities were not able to continue within their local budgets despite the success of the respective teams.
In April 2017 Leeds FDAC successfully completed its pilot and secured funding up until 2020.
For more information about Leeds FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Sophie.Carter@barca-leeds.org
South West Peninsula
Plymouth, Torbay and parts of Devon
South West Peninsula FDAC opened in November 2015. One multi-disciplinary specialist team resourced jointly by the three local authorities services three FDAC courts in Plymouth, Devon and Torbay.
In April 2017 the South West Peninsula FDAC successfully completed its pilot and the three local authorities have commissioned the service for another year.
For more information about South West Peninsula FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Ed.Dyer@fdac-swpen.org.uk
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.
In April 2016 Kent & Medway FDAC successfully completed its pilot and the two local authorities have commissioned the service for another year.
For more information about Kent & Medway FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: DHarris@Tavi-Port.nhs.uk
In some FDACs the model slightly varies from the fidelity FDAC model as evaluated. As with fidelity FDACs the National Unit trained these teams and their Judiciary in the FDAC problem-solving approach and to use the National Unit’s data collection tools. These sites did not received seed funding from the Department for Education Innovation Programme in 2015.
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.
For more information about Gloucestershire FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Jane.Marriott@gloucestershire.gov.uk
In September 2015 Southampton opened a pilot FDAC to work with six families over six months. This has since been extended and the team takes referrals according to capacity. They have a small core FDAC team of non-case holding local authority social workers co-located in Southampton’s Adult and Children Services.
For more information about Southampton FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Daniel.Clark@southampton.gov.uk