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‘I have removed the fourteenth child in one family’

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‘I have removed the fourteenth child in one family,’ is one of the more worrying statements uttered by a district judge in the latest Law in Action podcast. 

The fascinating podcast considers London’s Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) as it seeks to help families misusing drugs and alcohol using a unique social work and legal process.

For the last four years, FDAC have pioneered a different approach from that used by the mainstream family courts. Whereas traditional courts often employ punitive measures, FDAC combines a more interactive legal process with supportive social work. 

Presenter Joshua Rozenberg visits the court to find out how effective its work has been and what those who use FDAC think of it.He speaks to those involved in the day-to-day work of the court – including the district judge and the social workers involved in it – but also explores the concerns of critics of FDAC.

Does FDAC’s approach work? And does it represent value for money?Download the podcast – or listen to the programme as it airs tonight at 8pm on Radio 4 – and judge for yourself. 

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One Response to ‘I have removed the fourteenth child in one family’

  1. Nick Johnson 12 April , 2013 at 3:35 am #

    This refelects similar work in Glasgow Sherriff Court in which the Deputy Procurator calls addicts back to court to monitor their commitment to improve rather than going to prison. It is an inspiring model and looks for recovery and reparation rather than punishment.