National support for FDACs
The Centre for Justice Innovation believes that every family that could benefit from a Family Drug and Alcohol Court should be able to access one. Since April 2019, part of the Centre’s mission has been to provide national leadership to strengthen, expand and champion the FDAC approach.
We provide consultancy, technical advice and support to areas seeking to set up an FDAC, as well as induction training and mentoring. We convene and facilitate strategic connections between the range of different agencies and stakeholders that are essential to the successful set up and operation of FDACs.
All FDAC services and practitioners can benefit from being members of our FDAC community of practice, connecting them through networking days and judicial and practitioner forums, and we provide regular practitioner bulletins, which identify, codify and share effective practice across the Family Justice system.
We also work to promote the FDAC model and other models of problem-solving justice at the local and national level, bringing us into conversations with UK Governments as well as a wide variety of local commissioners.
Our work is supported by a wide range of funders, including Addcounsel, the Esmee Fairbain Foundation, Family Law in Partnership, HallBrown Family Law, the Hadley Trust, and LCM Family.
The National Lottery Foundation is generously funding the Centre for Justice Innovation to work with the Cardiff and the Vale FDAC – the first ever FDAC in Wales, which is piloting the model. This work involves securing additional capacity for the team; providing ongoing mentoring and delivery support; supporting the service to deliver a domestic abuse (DA) intervention programme; promoting the evaluation of the pilot in Wales, and promoting the FDAC model more generally in Wales. This funded work runs until the end of March 2024.
In 2020, the Centre received the Community Interaction Award at the 2020 Family Law Awards, hosted by LexisNexis, in recognition of the work we have done to help spread and support the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts model.