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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Harwin, J., Ryan, M., and Broadhurst, K. (2018) How does FDAC Succeed with Parents with Substance Misuse Problems? Exploring Relational Practices within the English Family Drug and Alcohol Court. Child Abuse Rev., 27: 266–279. https://doi.org/10.1002/car.2521 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.2521 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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How does FDAC succeed with parents with substance misuse problems?: Exploring relational practices within the English Family Drug Alcohol Court

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Child Abuse Review
Issue number4
Volume27
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)266-279
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Parental substance misuse is a significant risk factor for child maltreatment and is frequently involved in care proceedings. Outcomes are often poor and family reunification is prone to breakdown. In this article, the contribution of the English Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is examined. Adapted from the US family drug treatment court model, FDAC offers a radically different approach to ordinary care proceedings by treating parents as well as adjudicating. The article draws on a mixed‐methods evaluation of FDAC which reports better recovery and reunification rates than ordinary court. It presents findings from interviews with 42 parents and 154 court observations of 89 cases, focusing on FDAC's relational practices. The article concludes that these relational practices offer hope to substance‐misusing parents and that the approach merits wider attention because of its therapeutic potential and distinctive approach to justice.

Key Practitioner Messages
FDAC is a helpful approach to care proceedings for substance‐misusing parents.
Parents value clear, consistent and honest messages about their progress when delivered in the context of trusted relationships and intensive support.
Parents need holistic help that takes into account damaging early‐life experiences.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Harwin, J., Ryan, M., and Broadhurst, K. (2018) How does FDAC Succeed with Parents with Substance Misuse Problems? Exploring Relational Practices within the English Family Drug and Alcohol Court. Child Abuse Rev., 27: 266–279. https://doi.org/10.1002/car.2521 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.2521 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.