London has had a Family Drug and Alcohol Court for seven years, and courts have opened more recently in Gloucestershire and Milton Keynes. More will now open in areas including East Sussex, Kent and Medway, Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter, and West Yorkshire. Funding for the expansion comes from the Department for Education.
Most families that come into care proceedings have at least one parent with a drink or drug problem. Unlike the traditional family court, the FDAC has its own team of experts and doctors – it is often described as a “therapeutic” process.
BBC, February 18, 2015
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