FDAC Project Manager awarded MBE
12 June 2018
Congratulations to Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) Project Manager Beverley Barnett-Jones, who has been recognised at the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours.
Beverley was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) at a Ceremony last Saturday (June 9) for her services to social work and in developing the FDAC programme in the Midlands.
A qualified social worker who has worked in the field of child protection and family justice for many years, Beverley championed the setup of a FDAC in Coventry and was instrumental in the development of a court based assessment service offering families going through the family court an excellent service of assessment and intervention. Beverley is a first generation Windrush Child, whose parents hail from Jamaica, and has recently blogged about her reaction to receiving the award.Coventry's FDAC began seeing families in 2015, giving families a real opportunity to try and turn their lives around and ultimately keep families together. Beverley's determination means many more families in Coventry have access to FDAC’s unique and successful approach which improves the lives of children who face removal due to their parents substance misuse issues.
Beverley is now working with Walsall Borough Council and 5 other Local Authorities to bring a new FDAC to help families in the Black Country.
Barnett-Jones MBE said:
"It was an honour to receive this recognition. Working in this field can be equal parts challenging and rewarding on a daily basis, and to receive a formal honour is a good feeling for both myself and my colleagues. I have learnt much from the parents and children I have worked with and the remarkable resilience and bravery many have shown in sometimes difficult and painful recovery journeys. It has been a wondrous opportunity to work with and find FDAC. "
director of the FDAC National Unit, said:
"Everyone in the FDAC community is proud of Beverley. This is well deserved recognition for Beverley, for both her social work and her tireless efforts to setup an FDAC in Coventry and now the Black Country. She really wanted to give families the best chance at positive outcomes, and an MBE is great recognition for both Beverley and her team."
The FDAC service, delivered by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, gives parents more intensive support than they normally get when they are involved in care proceedings, with hearings (without lawyers) led by dedicated, specially-trained judges who provide frequent encouragement and challenge as parents work on their recovery.
Under FDAC, the judge works closely with a specialist, multi-disciplinary team attached to the court, who collaborate with local services to offer parents a personalised package of support and treatment that gives them the chance to overcome their problems and show that they are capable of caring for their children.
Latest research (2016) demonstrates 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.