Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit
Brunel University London is a partner to the FDAC National Unit which has been funded by the DfE Social Care Innovation Programme for one year.
The National Unit is led by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust supported by a group of partner organisations (The Centre for Justice Innovation, Coram, Brunel University London, Lancaster University and RyanTunnardBrown). The Unit opened in April 2015.
The overall aim of the Unit is to help scale up and embed FDAC in a number of new sites and to learn lessons from implementation and development. The FDAC National Unit will provide support and training to the new sites. Findings from the Brunel University FDAC Evaluation Project helped provide the evidence base to support the roll-out of FDAC.
Brunel University London is playing a leading role in evaluating FDAC and generating new lessons on the contribution of the FDAC approach. It is:-
- Evaluating long term outcomes of FDAC by following up all children and families in the FDAC Evaluation Project
- Helping develop a robust national data capture tool and database so that agencies can monitor their own performance and create an infrastructure for allowing ongoing analysis and comparison across sites
- Working closely with Professor Karen Broadhurst and colleagues at Lancaster University in tracking cases from the FDAC Evaluation Project that returned to court
The Brunel Team
- Professor Judith Harwin - Lead Investigator
- Dr Stephen Swift - Co-Investigator
- Dr Tricia McQuarrie - Research Assistant
- Dr Lily Golding - Research Assistant
- Dr Bachar Alrouh
- Mary Ryan - RyanTunnardBrown
- Jo Tunnard - RyanTunnardBrown