Family Drug and Alcohol Court

Department for Education written question – answered on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Wasserman Lord Wasserman Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to support Family Drug and Alcohol Court teams beyond the end of the Supporting Families: Investing in Practice programme.

Photo of Lord Wasserman Lord Wasserman Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they will offer to areas which were unsuccessful in applying for Supporting Families: Investing in Practice funding in order to establish a Family Drug and Alcohol Court team.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

We are investing approximately £17 million in the Supporting Families: Investing in Practice (SFIP) programme to roll out innovation models that have evidence of successfully keeping families together.

Through this programme, we are testing the impact that Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) can have in improving outcomes for children and families.

The evaluation work carried out by the What Works for Children’s Social Care will help us to identify how best to support vulnerable children and their families through FDACs.

FDACs offer important support to families. Those local areas who were unsuccessful in the SFIP programme can choose to establish or commission these services locally. The government will be sharing the evaluation of the programme to help with broader set up.

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