How is CJI responsible for FDAC?

The Centre for Justice Innovation believes that every family that could benefit from a Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) should be able to access one. In partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and RyanTunnardBrown, the Centre’s mission is to provide national leadership to strengthen, expand and champion the FDAC approach. In doing so, we are building on the legacy of the former FDAC National Unit, which closed in September 2018.

We can offer set up advice and support free of charge to all new FDACs. We can also provide induction training and mentoring. Our practice support offer describes in more detail the services we are funded to offer.

More information about this offer and the other areas that we work in can be found on the Centre’s website.

You can sign up to our Family Justice bulletin here.

All FDACs areas can benefit from being members of our FDAC community of practice. We support FDAC sites and practitioners to connect through national networking days and judicial and service manager forums, and we provide regular practitioner bulletins, which identify, codify and share effective practice across the Family Justice system.

We are also working to promote the FDAC model and other models of problem-solving justice at the local and national level, bringing us into conversations with Whitehall, Westminster and local commissioners. We are delivery partners to the Department for Education’s Supporting Families, Investing in Practice funding programme and will be supporting all the existing sites to expand, and five new sites to be established, under this fund.

To find out more about FDACs and the work of the Centre on family justice, click here to read our briefing.

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