A new approach to substance misusing mothers and children in care proceedings: findings from the FDAC Evaluation Project. Professor Judith Harwin Women and Addiction The 2012 Manchester Women and Addiction Conference November 2012. AIMS. What is a family drug and alcohol court (FDAC)?
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A new approach to substance misusing mothers and children in care proceedings: findings from the FDAC Evaluation Project
Professor Judith Harwin
Women and Addiction
The 2012 Manchester Women and Addiction Conference November 2012
FDAC Team Structure
as at November 2010
& Adolescent Psychiatrist
& Clinical Lead
(PT 3 days)
(PT 4.5 days)
(PT 3 days)
To respond to 3 main issues:
And: US evidence on specialist family courts for substance misuse was promising
* Funded by the Nuffield Foundation and Home Office
Based on interviews with 37 parents still in FDAC
“FDAC has helped me be the sort of person I want to be. It’s helped me remain focused and motivated and instilled in me a real sense of achievement and confidence.”
“They take time to listen. They don’t judge you straightaway.”
“Instead of fibbing we’re encouraged to be honest ...They were being honest with us and making it easier for us to be honest with them”
“I like it because they are strict and they try to help and support you”
“Its always nice to be given a chance. If you then mess up you can never say you weren’t helped and given that chance. Normally if you are on drugs, you are seen as all bad” (father)”.