Description & contact details of each FDAC

Around the UK there are currently nine specialist FDAC teams, working in 13 courts and serving families in 20 local authorities.

Coventry

Coventry FDAC opened in October 2015. The FDAC team developed out of an existing local authority court-based assessment service, CBAS, and was established with match-funding from the Department of Education. The team now works with up to 38 families each year.

In 2018, the team won the Public Sector Children’s Team Award at the 2018 Children & Young People Now Awards.

For more information about Coventry FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Jane Dunne by email Jane.Dunne@coventry.gov.uk or phone 02476786898.

East Sussex

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 and domestic violence issues affecting substance misusing parents. 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: Katie Smee-Giles by email swiftforfdac@eastsussex.gov.uk or phone 01323 463800.

Gloucestershire

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.

Gloucestershire FDAC has a key difference to the evaluated FDAC model as the FDAC social worker is also the local authority social worker. The model also includes an established 1-year post-proceedings service, known as the Gloucestershire Supervision Order Care Pathway, which is being evaluated as part of the Supporting Families, Investing in Practice funding programme.

For more information about Gloucestershire FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Jane Marriott by email jane.marriott@gloucestershire.gov.uk or phone 01452 328354.

Kent

Previously serving Kent and Medway authorities, the site opened in February 2016 and was originally managed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. From January 2020, the service is delivered in-house by Kent County Council and no longer serves the Medway region. The court operates out of Maidstone.

Kent FDAC is expanding to cover the whole county under SFIP, and will also be extending its parent mentoring service, which is being evaluated under Strand 2 of the innovation programme.

For more information about Kent FDAC contact the FDAC Service Manager: Donna Harris by email donna.harris@kent.gov.uk.

Leeds

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 four of the local authorities were not able to continue within their local budgets despite the success of the respective teams.

However, the Leeds FDAC continued and the service successfully completed its pilot in 2017. The specialist team is provided by the local charity Barca-Leeds, commissioned by the Local Authority and part-funded by philanthropic grants.

For more information about Leeds FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Sophie Carter by email Sophie.Carter@barca-leeds.org or phone 0113 255 9582.

London

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 from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

In January 2018, London FDAC expanded to provide a Pan-London service working across three London Family Courts: Central, Croydon and West London. It covers nine London local authorities.

Other local authorities have demonstrated interest in the model and there are other opportunities for local authorities to commission FDAC.

The London FDAC has maintained parent mentoring as a consistent part of its model, and this is being evaluated by Sussex University under Supporting Families, Investing in Practice.

For more information about Pan-London FDAC, contact the FDAC Operational Manager: Victoria Warden by email vwarden@Tavi-Port.NHS.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 High Wycombe. 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.

For more information about Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire FDAC, contact the Team Manager: Jenny Swift by email mkbucks@fdact.org.uk or phone 01908 253400.

Pan Bedfordshire

The Pan Bedfordshire FDAC launched in November 2019. It serves three local authorities and operates out of two courts, in Luton and Bedford. It is at the beginning of a two-year pilot.

The Pan Bedfordshire FDAC has secured funding from diverse sources, with significant contributions from the PCC, the CCG, a local charity and Public Health, alongside core funding from Children’s Services.

For more information about the Pan Bedfordshire FDAC, please contact the Team Manager: Beverley Sorensen by email Beverley.Sorensen@panbedsFDAC.uk

Southampton

Southampton FDAC opened in 2015 with a small pilot. Southampton FDAC successfully completed its pilot and the Local Authority has commissioned an increased FDAC Service, running within the multi-disciplinary Children’s Resource Service and working closely with frontline Social Care teams, therapeutic services, community substance misuse providers and health colleagues. The FDAC team have also expanded, with increased clinical lead input, more FDAC trained social workers and a substance misuse worker within the team.

For more information about Southampton FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Daniel Clark by email Daniel.Clark@southampton.gov.uk or phone 02380 834430.