Around the UK there are currently 9 specialist FDAC Teams, working in 12 courts and serving families in 20 local authorities in: London, Gloucestershire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Coventry, Kent and Medway, Southampton, Leeds, and Armagh.
Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond, Kingston, Sutton and Wandsworth
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.
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 9 London local authorities.
Other local authorities have demonstrated interest in the model and there are other opportunities for local authorities to commission FDAC.
For more information about Pan-London FDAC, contact the FDAC Team Manager: Sheena Webb
Ph: 02 039 613 400
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 Aylesbury. 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.
Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire FDAC has completed its pilot and is now a permanent service commissioned by the two local authorities.
For more information about Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire FDAC, contact the FDAC Team
Ph: 01908 253400
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 issues affecting substance misusing parents. Currently 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: Vicki Ellis
Ph: 01323 463800
The FDAC National Unit supported the four sites listed below to establish their FDACs using seed funding awarded from the Department for Education Innovation Programme 2015-2016.
Each site received funding for first-year costs of a project manager and half the cost of their specialist FDAC team. The local authorities matched this funding from local sources.
Coventry FDAC opened in October 2015. Their FDAC team developed out of an existing local authority court-based assessment service, CBAS, using funding to build in the FDAC multi-disciplinary specialisms. Alongside Children’s Services, Public Health has contributed resources to the service and continues to champion the FDAC model. Coventry FDAC also piloted Early FDAC.
For more information about Coventry FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Jane Dunne
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 4 of the local authorities were not able to continue within their local budgets despite the success of the respective teams.
In April 2017 Leeds FDAC successfully completed its pilot and secured funding up until 2020.
For more information about Leeds FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Sophie Carter
Ph: 0113 255 9582
Kent & Medway
Kent & Medway FDAC opened in February 2016. Their FDAC team is managed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The team is based in Gillingham and the court operates out of Maidstone. Kent and Medway also piloted Early FDAC.
In April 2016 Kent & Medway FDAC successfully completed its pilot and the two local authorities have commissioned the service for another year.
For more information about Kent & Medway FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Donna Harris
Ph: 01634 380040
In some FDACs the model slightly varies from the fidelity FDAC model as evaluated. As with fidelity FDACs the National Unit trained these teams and their Judiciary in the FDAC problem-solving approach and to use the National Unit’s data collection tools. These sites did not received seed funding from the Department for Education Innovation Programme in 2015.
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.
The key differences to the evaluated fidelity FDAC model are 1) that the FDAC social worker is also the local authority social worker and 2) their service works with families where there is a child aged under five years.
For more information about Gloucestershire FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Jane Marriott
Ph: 01452 328354
Southampton FDAC opened in 2015 with a small pilot. Southampton FDAC has now 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
Ph: 02380 834430
The Departments of Justice and Health in Northern Ireland have recently announced the intention to trial the FDAC approach. The trial will be run in partnership between the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Newry Family Proceedings Court. The trial is part of a portfolio of initiatives being brought forward with the aim of using contact with the justice system as an opportunity to address the core social problems which give rise to family breakdown or criminal behaviour and is being initiated in recognition of the success of the approach in England and Wales and other jurisdictions. The trial is being funded by the Early Intervention Transformation Programme and the Departments hope work will initiate in early 2018.
The FDAC team will be based in Armagh and the court will operate out of Newry.
For more information about Northern Ireland FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Bronagh O’Reilly
Ph: 02 837 564 513