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Substance Misuse Worker in the Family Drug and Alcohol Team

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Social Work
NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed Term (3 month locum)
6 sessions 22.5 hours
Job ref
14/11/2019 23:59
Interview date


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.


A Family Drug and Alcohol Court is an innovative approach to the problem of parental
substance misuse (drugs or alcohol) which is having a negative impact on parenting

The FDAC is based on a model now being widely used across the USA, which is an
exciting way of trying to break the destructive cycle of substance misuse through
generations. Independent evaluation shows that this model is successful in getting
parents to engage with and stay in substance misuse services leading to more children
being able to return home.

This team is commissioned currently by the London Local Authorities of Camden,
Southwark, Lambeth, Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Bromley, Wandsworth, Richmond and
Kingston. The model is of a specialist court operating within the framework of care
proceedings and the framework of the Children & Families Act 2014. The specialist
multidisciplinary FDAC team, which includes adult and child focussed clinicians, is
attached to the court. It advises the court and links the parents into relevant local
treatment services.

The FDAC service is delivered by the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust in
partnership with Coram.

This post will compromise of 10 sessions in the FDAC London team and to take an
important role in assessing risk and treatability of parents and assisting in the recovery of
those parents, with the assistance of the multidisciplinary FDAC team. Rapid initial and
then ongoing assessment of parents, of their willingness and capacity to engage in
therapeutic work, alongside parenting capacity and (of paramount importance) the safety
of the children. The post holder will contribute to the multidisciplinary formulation of an
intervention plan and work with team members to mobilise and co-ordinate existing local
authority, NHS and independent sector resources to meet the needs of the care plan and
provide where appropriate evidence based interventions in community based settings.

The post holder will take a lead on providing professional advice and development in
relation to substance misuse within the FDAC team, develop clear pathways of care and
support for families affected by parental substance misuse in order to promote and
improve the wellbeing of parents, children and young people.

The post holder will be required to write and present reports in an authoritative manner in
Court on a very regular basis, and other multidisciplinary and multi-agency settings work
with autonomy but equally closely with FDAC colleagues. The post holder will be
expected to contribute to and take part in of the evaluation of the service.
The work will be multi-site across London, with the main base being in Coram campus
(north London WC1N).

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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