Strengthening prospects for safe and lasting family reunification:can a Family Drug and Alcohol Court make a contribution?

Harwin, Judith and Alrouh, Bachar and Ryan, Mary and Tunnard, Jo (2013) Strengthening prospects for safe and lasting family reunification:can a Family Drug and Alcohol Court make a contribution? Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 35 (4). pp. 459-474. ISSN 0964-9069

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Abstract

This article examines the contribution of the first Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) within care proceedings in England and Wales. It asks what FDAC can contribute to family reunification amid concerns about the safety and sustainability of return home and significant changes in care proceedings under the Children and Families Bill of 2013. Features of FDAC as a problem-solving court are outlined and findings of an independent evaluation are presented to consider FDAC’s contribution to safe return home at the end of the care proceedings. The likely impact of the Children and Families Bill of 2013 on FDAC’s reunification objectives and the rationale for an FDAC aftercare service are discussed. The article concludes that FDAC has the potential to play a useful role in promoting safe reunification at the end of care proceedings. The Children and Families Bill of 2013 creates both opportunities and challenges to the FDAC model in respect of its approach to enhance safe reunification prospects, and adaptations will be necessary. There is a strong case to develop an FDAC aftercare service to help promote lasting reunification and safe and committed parenting.

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Journal Article
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Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
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09 Sep 2015 06:33
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Yes
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Published
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