Around the UK there are currently ten specialist FDAC teams, working in fourteen courts and serving families in twenty-three local authorities.
The Departments of Justice and Health in Northern Ireland announced in 2017 a trial of the FDAC approach in Armagh. The pilot is a partnership between the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Newry Family Proceedings Court and 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.
The FDAC team is based in Armagh and the court operates out of Newry.
For more information about Northern Ireland FDAC contact the FDAC Project Manager: Bronagh O’Reilly by email Bronagh.OReilly@justice-ni.x.gsi.gov.uk or phone 02 837 564 513.
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.
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 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. 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 email@example.com or phone 01323 463800.
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.
For more information about Gloucestershire FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Jane Marriott by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01452 328354.
Kent & Medway
Kent & Medway FDAC opened in February 2016. Their FDAC team is managed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, but from January 2020, it will be taken in-house by Kent County Council. The team is based in Gillingham and the court operates out of Maidstone.
For more information about Kent & Medway FDAC contact the FDAC Team Manager: Donna Harris by email DHarris@Tavi-Port.nhs.uk or phone 01634 380040.
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.
The Leeds FDAC specialist team is provided by the local charity Barca-Leeds, commissioned by the Local Authority and part-funded by philanthropic grants.
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 by email Sophie.Carter@barca-leeds.org or phone 0113 255 9582
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.
For more information about Pan-London FDAC, contact the FDAC Team Manager: Sheena Webb by email SWebb@Tavi-Port.NHS.uk or phone 020 3961 3400
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 by email email@example.com or phone 01908 253400.
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 three-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, on Beverley.Sorensen@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.
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 by email Daniel.Clark@southampton.gov.uk or phone 02380 834430.