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FDAC awarded £6 million grant to enable roll out of service

FDAC National Unit to work with eleven local authorities

Tracey Crouch, the Minister for the Office of Civil Society, has announced that the National Unit of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) and partner local authorities have been awarded a £6 million grant from the Government's Life Chances Fund.

The service, delivered by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, will be able to be rolled out to many more areas, giving more families access to FDAC's unique approach to improve the lives of children who face removal from their families because of the risk posed by a parent's substance misuse and other complex needs.

The new government grant will enable the FDAC National Unit – the expert hub that supports the roll out of the FDAC model across the UK – to work with eleven local authorities that hope to sustain or to start their own FDAC services. The money will be used to develop a seven-year FDAC outcomes contract in each of these places, funded by Social Impact Bonds.

Research in 2016 demonstrated that families receiving FDAC are significantly more likely than families in standard care proceedings to be reunited with their children and for the parents to have ceased misusing substances. FDAC families are also three to four times more likely than families receiving standard care proceedings to be doing well three years after the proceedings came to an end: 

For more information about the FDAC, click here.