The National Unit is governed by an Advisory Board of five partner agencies (see listed below) with expertise in judicial and social care practice, research and evaluation, policy making and project management. The Partners bring together the commitment and experience needed to scale up and embed FDAC as well as extract and act on the lessons that will emerge from the different sites.
THE TAVISTOCK & PORTMAN NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
is the lead Partner, responsible for overall governance and the direction of work, based on seven years’ experience of establishing and managing the first FDAC.
THE CENTRE FOR JUSTICE INNOVATION
leads on the sustainable funding work, lessons from implementing FDAC in new sites, and drawing on the vision and practical work of problem-solving courts in other countries.
provides expertise in clinical work, marketing, fundraising, and project design and delivery for the National Unit.
bring skills in project managing the joint work of social care and legal colleagues, the development of data collection tools, and quantitative and qualitative research methods.
THE UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
lead on evaluating FDAC’s contribution to child and family outcomes, including the potential for scaling up and replicating the model in different locations and for tackling the range of parental difficulties – substance misuse, domestic abuse, mental health problems – that feature in care proceedings and often lead to mothers losing the care of subsequent children.