FDAC features on BBC Woman’s Hour

13 February 2017

Sophie Kershaw, co-director of our Family Drug and Alcohol Court service, and Rosie, a graduate of the service, were interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour this morning.

Rosie spoke about her personal experience of the service and working with the FDAC judges, while Sophie addressed the benefits to parents, the long term benefits to families, and the cost savings to local authorities.

A recent report evaluating the Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit has highlighted the value that the organisation delivers and recommended that the service receive more sustainable funding to improve outcomes for families and save money for a variety of public purses.

Over 5 years, researchers followed up cases that had been through the London FDAC and compared them with similar cases going through ordinary care proceedings. They found:

  • A significantly higher proportion of FDAC mothers were reunited with their children at the end of proceedings when compared to ordinary care proceedings (37% v 25%)

  • Experienced significantly less family disruption post reunification (a combination of relapse, permanent placement change or return to court) over a 3 year period after proceedings ended (51% v 22%)

Evidence from the Centre for Justice Innovation says that FDAC saves the taxpayer £2.30 for every £1 spent.

The story is available via BBC iPlayer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dmk4k - with the FDAC story beginning from 23 minutes and 55 seconds into the programme.

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