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Senior Practitioner - Birmingham & Solihull Family Drug and Alcohol Court

Birmingham Children's Trust
£34,788 - £42,683
1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham
Working Pattern:
Full Time
36.5 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
03/01/2020 at 23:59 PM
Birmingham Children's Trust

Fixed term contract or a secondment opportunity for 18 months, subject to review

Do you want to achieve the following aims?

Improve permanency outcomes for children

Achieve higher rates of control/cessation of substance misuse

Provide parents with a problem solving rather than adversarial approach

If so, you may be interested in an exciting opportunity to join the Birmingham and Solihull Family Drug and Alcohol Court Team (FDAC). The FDAC team will be delivering a new DfE funded programme across Birmingham and Solihull.

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) help families where children are put at risk by parental substance misuse. FDAC is a problem-solving court where the same judge reviews the case every fortnight and is supported by an independent multi-disciplinary intervention team. FDAC work focuses on the parents while keeping the child central. Parents are given ‘a trial for change’ that provides them with the best possible chance to overcome their problems. At the same time FDAC tests whether the family can make enough change in a timescale compatible with the children’s needs.

FDAC achieved significantly better outcomes than normal proceedings in an independent evaluation led by Lancaster University:

  • More parents addressed their problems by the end of the proceedings.
  • 40% of FDAC mothers were no longer misusing substances, compared to 25% of the comparison mothers.
  • 25% of FDAC fathers were no longer misusing substances, compared to 5% of the comparison fathers.
  • More children remained with or returned to their parents at the end of proceedings. 35% of FDAC mothers stopped misusing and were reunited with their children, compared to 19% of the comparison mothers.

To deliver this, we are looking for Two Senior Practitioners to join our team new FDAC team. You will be part of the exciting journey of innovation and the development of FDAC.

As one of our Senior Practitioners you’ll find everything designed to help you do the job you’ve always been passionate about. Because we’re focused on children’s safety and permanence.

You’ll play a lead role on our relationship-based, family-led practice model, and providing technical and professional expertise, mentoring and quality assurance across the multi-agency partnership. 

This is a key role in our Birmingham and Solihull FDAC, so naturally we’re looking for extensive experience of working with vulnerable children, families, statutory bodies and voluntary agencies. You’ll need a recognised social work qualification and registration with the HCPC. You’ll back all this up excellent interpersonal skills – including communication, sound judgement, analytical thinking and team work.

Please contact Stuart Lowe FDAC Project Lead for an informal discussion on

Mobile Number:  07548713021

Email Address- stuart.lowe@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk

Interviews will be taking place on Friday 10th January 2020.

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