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[Cansford says] Courts for addicted parents work. So why are they being stripped of support?

Posted by John Wicks on Sep 20, 2018

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) serves a vital purpose: to tackle parental substance dependency, and to keep children from entering the care system, where possible. Launched in January 2008, it offers an alternative, problem-solving approach to care proceedings for families where children are at risk due to parental drug and/or alcohol misuse.

In England, 10 specialist FDAC teams work across 15 courts in 23 local authority areas, and are currently under the umbrella of the FDAC National Unit.

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What does a new President of the Family Division mean for family law?

Posted by John Wicks on May 31, 2018

April 2018 saw the announcement that current Appeal Court Judge and family law specialist Sir Andrew McFarlane would succeed Sir James Munby as President of the Family Division of the High Court.

Munby’s incumbency at the Family Division has framed a period of considerable change for the Court. This has included the introduction of the Children and Families Act in 2014 and the double-whammy of budget trimming and increasing caseload. This perfect storm is a combination of what Sir James described as ‘the Baby P effect’ and the fallout from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which significantly curtailed access to Legal Aid.

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10 ways family lawyers are driving more value from their hair tests

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on May 10, 2018

Hair strand testing is a reliable and quick way to test for drug and alcohol use over long periods. Hair tests have helped lawyers gain the advantage in difficult cases, whether to prove innocence or protect a vulnerable victim.

But the success of hair strand testing, like all scientific endeavours, depends on process. It’s not as simple as taking the sample for testing and sending it off for analysis. Legal experts can derive more value through following easy, but critical steps.

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Cansford says: Pioneering family court expands in London

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Apr 18, 2018

The pioneering Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) will be expanded across London after its remarkable success in tackling substance abuse and keeping families together.

Started by judge Nicholas Crichton in 2008, the court deals with care proceedings where parental substance abuse is a key element. The service aims to help parents stabilise and ultimately halt their substance dependency.

The FDAC process offers families a tailored range of services, taking their needs, concerns and strengths into account.

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5 key takeaways from the NSPCC's FED UP (Family Environment: Drug Using Parents) report

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jan 25, 2018

Every year, the social work sector sees the publication of numerous invaluable reports, research and insights. Q4 2017 was no different, as our recent round-up shows - and one of the quarter’s most fascinating reports came from the NSPCC.

Supporting Families Where Parents Have Substance Misuse Problems: Final Evaluation Of Our FED UP Service evaluates the experiences of the 59 parents and 253 children who took part in the Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FED UP) programme between 2011 and 2015.  

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