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Social Work and Social Care Seminar: Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Room FL1027, Frank Lampl Building, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Nick Crichton CBE

Social Work and Social Care Seminar: Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

If the care system removes several children from the same family for the same reasons, it is a failed system. Therefore we need to do something different. Problem-solving is the way forward, and harnessing the authority of the court can bring about change. The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) has proved that it works, and it saves money.

More about the speaker

Nick Crichton CBE was a solicitor in private practice for 15 years. He was a District Judge for 27 years and the Resident District Judge at the Inner London Family Proceedings Court, from its opening in April 1997 until it closed early in 2014. He then retired, but continues to sit as a Deputy District Judge.

Nick was a central figure in the setting up of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court. There is a simple but compelling rationale for this approach, which Nick will describe in his presentation.

He is a passionate advocate for children's rights and chaired the Voice of the Child sub-committee of the Family Justice Council for many years. He has worked overseas on various projects in the field of child protection - in Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Moldova, Georgia, Greece, Ethiopia, Namibia, Australia, New Zealand, Cayman Islands, and most notably Bulgaria where he has been working for 19 years, including spending five years working on a project for which he visited all 28 family courts and many specialist institutions.

He is currently engaged on a project which seeks to develop model family courts in Bulgaria, linked into support services for families. He is a trustee of Lumos, a charity set up by JK Rowling, which works to get children out of institutions around the world.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Anastasiya Stravolemova, FHSCE Events Team
Tel: 0208 725 4735
Email: HSCE-events@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

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