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The FDAC National Unit was established in April 2015. Its aim is to extend the benefits of the FDAC approach to more children and families by nurturing the growth of new FDACs.

The Implementation Team has office space on the Coram Campus. The Team has expertise in social care practice, child and adolescent mental health, family law, research and evaluation and project management. We provide a bespoke service to FDAC sites consisting of: specialist training and skills development, consultancy and guidance, shared learning and networking events, sustainability planning and research and evaluation support.


Contact us

Direct dial – 02 089 387 400

Audrey Arbaud, administrator at the FDAC National Unit, will respond to your query or direct you to the right person: AArbaud.FDACNU@coram.org.uk

National Unit lead                                    

National Unit co-director                         

Founder of FDAC & Lead for judicial training  


Implementation manager                       

Development co-ordinators                                        

Contracts manager            

Steve Bambrough

Dr Mike Shaw

District Judge Nick Crichton

Audrey Arbaud

Mary Ryan

Jo Maycock, Gabriella Brent

Lindsay Hobson

STEVEN BAMBROUGH (responsible to the CEO of the Trust for the work of the FDAC National Unit) Associate Clinical Director (CAMHS Directorate) at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Part of initial development of Working towards the clinical team for the London FDAC in 2008, General Manager of the service until 2015. Registered social worker with over 20 years’ involvement in child protection practice, expert witness evidence in court, training, consultation and service development. Professional Doctorate in social work. Teaches on Social Work MA course and has held management posts in the voluntary sector and in NHS Foundation Trusts.

MIKE SHAW (Co-Director of the FDAC National Unit) Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist was Clinical Lead for the London FDAC 2008 and 2015 and is Clinical Lead for Kent & Medway FDAC. Long-term interest in the assessment and treatment of children and families with highly complex emotional and behavioural problems, previously lead a NHS residential tertiary referral service for preadolescent children, and produces expert reports for the family court. Teaching and training posts include Honorary Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at St George’s University of London and Chair of the Tutors and Programme Directors Committee at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has written extensively on child and family mental health and the law and is editing a book on justice and children.

MARY RYAN (Implementation Manager) Co-founder of RyanTunnardBrown, a small team of consultants with expertise in public law, social work and social policy, and whose work includes policy development, research and evaluation, and project management. Mary carried out the feasibility study for the FDAC pilot in 2005. She was a member of the team at Brunel University that evaluated the FDAC pilot. She has been working on the roll out of FDAC since 2013. She is a lawyer who, when in practice, specialised in public law relating to children and families. She was the legal adviser of Family Rights Group and then its joint chief executive (1992-96). She has been working as an independent consultant since 1996.

NICK CRICHTON (Founder of FDAC & Lead for Judicial Training in FDAC National Unit) Nick Crichton CBE was a solicitor in private practice for 15 years. District Judge for 27 years and the Resident District Judge at the Inner London Family Proceedings Court from its opening in April 1997 – 2014. Nick has retired, but continues to sit as a Deputy DJ.  Passionate advocate for children’s rights and chaired the Voice of the Child sub-committee of the Family Justice Council for many years. Instrumental in setting up the Family Drug and Alcohol Court. Nick has worked overseas on various projects in the field of child protection: Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Moldova, Georgia, Greece, Ethiopia, Namibia, Australia, New Zealand, and most notably Bulgaria where he has been working for 19 years including spending 5 years working on a project in which he has visited all 28 family courts and visited many specialist institutions. He is currently engaged on a project which seeks to develop model family courts in Bulgaria, linked into support services for families. He is a trustee of Lumos charity, the purpose of which is to get children out of institutions around the world. Nick speaks frequently at conferences, both in the UK and abroad. He is also currently engaged with the Frontline programme, training graduate social workers.

JO-ANN MAYCOCK (Development Coordinator) Previously as Project Support as a member of the London FDAC team 2013 – 2015. She has expertise in development and implementation from a number of project coordination roles across Charity, Social Enterprise, Department of Health and NHS projects and experience working with Local Authorities and homelessness as a Housing  Advisor.

GABRIELLA BRENT (Development Coordinator) Member of the FDAC National Unit since June 2015. Gabriella formerly developed and managed therapeutic services for vulnerable young adults and has worked across the criminal justice sector delivering therapeutic programmes in prisons, as well as working on criminal justice reform campaigns.