As a result, the researchers say the London FDAC, the first in the country, has reduced the number of children taken into care because of parental substance misuse compared with those in ordinary care proceedings.
To build on this success, the researchers highlight the need for greater support for family reunification after care proceedings finish and for health and adult services to contribute to funding FDAC alongside children's services.
The first study, which compared FDAC cases with similar cases heard in ordinary care proceedings, found that:
- A significantly higher proportion of FDAC mothers were reunited with their children at the end of 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%)
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