NICK CRICHTON, Retired District Judge, Head of FDAC Judicial Training SOPHIE KERSHAW, Co-Director, National FDAC Unit DR MIKE SHAW, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Co-Director, National FDAC Unit KIERON DANIELS, Substance Misuse Expert
The London Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) at the Central Family Court has been running since January 2008. FDAC offers an alternative form of care proceedings for parents and children in those cases where substance misuse is a key factor in the decision to bring proceedings.
FDAC uses a problem-solving court approach, which aims to help parents control their substance misuse so that they can be safely reunited with their children. If that is not possible, the aim is to ensure that children are placed permanently with family members or elsewhere as speedily as possible.
The full version of this article appeared in the July 2015 issue of Family Law.
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