London Family Drug and
Alcohol Court (FDAC)
Links to useful materials
Note: this page has no official status
Funding for FDAC continued until 2012
Geographical location of the Court
The FDAC team
Leaflet about FDAC (general)
Leaflet about FDAC for prospective mentors. (Since this leaflet was published the qualifications for prospective mentors have been relaxed. They no longer need to be parents)
Interim evaluation of FDAC
A key document, containing a full description of how FDAC operates. See separate page.
Judicial Perspectives on Family Drug Treatment Courts (2005). A 27 page article by Judge Leonard Edwards and Judge James Ray on the operation of family drug treatment courts in the USA.
Family Treatment Drug Court Evaluation Final Report (2007). By Sonia D. Worcel and others. Submitted to Center for Substance Misuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Sciences.
Drug courts resource guide. A full set of links to materials relating to drug courts, covering the criminal courts as well as the family courts.
Report on the feasibility of establishing a family drug and alcohol court at Wells Street Family Proceedings Court. May 2006
Summary of the feasibility report.
Press and radio coverage
A Promising Start for the Family Drug and Alcohol Court, Jonathan Goodliffe, "Alcohol Alert" December 2009
The Family Drug and Alcohol Court: saving familes and money, by Frances Gibb , The Times 26 November 2009
Pioneering court offers hope to addict mothers. Full feature in the Observer by Amanda Hill, 5 July 2009
Family Drug and Alcohol Court: a customer's perspective. "Noterup" July 2009, by Ros Alexander, principal lawyer with Camden Council.
'If you remove a baby, what does the forlorn mother do next? Go and have another'. The Guardian, 17 May 2008, Juliet Rix
The UK’s First Family Drug and Alcohol Court. Radio programme (still online) on "Women's Hour" in December 2007 consisting of interview with Judge Nicholas Crichton, Trevor Moores, Head of Westminster’s Local Children's Services and a prospective parent mentor. A later Radio 4 programme on 9 September 2009 is no longer online.
These links were compiled by Jonathan Goodliffe, tel 020 8870 1601, 18 December 2009