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Private backers step in to save the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit.

New funding has been secured to allow a unit to continue its work in stopping children with substance misusing parents being taken into care.

More than £280,000 has been pledged by private backers to fund a new national partnership after the Department for Education withdrew funding last year forcing the FDAC National Unit to close its doors in September.

The new partnership has plans not only to support the nine existing FDAC’s which serve 20 local authorities but also to extend the model across the family justice system.

Independent academic research shows that mothers supported by FDACs are 53 per cent more likely to have stopped their substance abuse and 48 per cent more likely to be reunited with their children than those going through ordinary care proceedings.

The move has been described as a ’milestone’ for families across the country.