FDAC is an evidenced based model which tests whether fidelity to certain principles outlined in the FDAC Service Standards produces better outcomes for children and parents as well delivering better justice and providing value for money.

The FDAC model has been evaluated since inception in 2008. Independent research published by Brunel and Lancaster University and RyanTunnardBrown  in 2014 and in 2016 comparing FDAC to ordinary care proceedings has concluded that the outcomes for children and families in FDAC are far better than in normal care proceedings and it is a more cost effective approach.

Research confirmed that parents and professionals were overwhelmingly positive about the FDAC model. They had high praise for the skills of the team in motivating and engaging parents. They considered that the regular and ongoing conversation with the judge was a particularly important aspect of the process. They noted that the ‘trial for change’ approach provided a fair and open test of the parents’ capacity to change. They described FDAC proceedings as much more collaborative and less adversarial than ordinary care proceedings.

Click here for findings from the 2014 and 2016 FDAC research studies.

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