Use of the FDAC in Public Children Law Cases

Exploring the use of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) in public children law cases

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Course Overview

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) represents an alternative, and often more successful problem-solving approach to public children law cases which centres around asking parents, who have put their children at risk, which problems they would like to address. This therapeutic approach revolves around 4 main areas of concern; drug and alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, mental health problems, and severe poverty.

During this bite-size session, Datalaw staple Safda Mahmood will provide viewers with an invaluable insight, or reminder for those in practice, as to how the FDAC operates in practice.

Safda will examine how the FDAC is different to other forms of public children law cases and how the use of the FDAC in care cases has developed.

Consideration will also be given to the position regarding timescales and how the FDAC works with the 26-week timetable will also be explored.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Appreciate how the FDAC offers an alternative, problem-solving focused approach to handling public children law cases
  • • Understand the timeframes involved when using the FDAC
  • • Feel more confident advising clients and when handling cases using the FDAC

What is the target audience?

  • Children law practitioners including paralegals and trainee solicitors



About Instructor - Safda Mahmood

Safda is a senior solicitor, with a public authority, having had practiced in both Private Practice and Local Government. Safda is on the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in Children Law and Adoption. He delivers training across the country and writes regularly for various journals including Family Law Journal, Legal Executives Journal and Law Society Bulletin.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinar

  • Webinars

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    1 Page
  • Slides
    4 Page


  • Quiz