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September 11th

Promising start for new Family Drug and Alcohol Court

The new model Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) has the potential to improve outcomes for children by tackling the substance misuse of parents at an early stage of care proceedings, according to an independent report published today. 

Under the FDAC system, parents are getting immediate access to substance misuse services. Families are also benefiting from the court’s assistance in addressing other issues affecting their ability to parent, such as housing, domestic violence and financial hardship.

September 9th

New service for witnesses of crime

A new charity funded by the Nuffield Foundation will take a stand against walk-on-by culture that fuels violent crime, feeds fear and fractures communities.

Witness Confident has been set up to promote greater public participation in the prevention and solution of crime and to promote good citizenship and civic responsibility in England and Wales. It has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation as part of our Open Door Programme. Witness Confident will operate by:

September 8th

Bone research breakthrough

Scientists from Aberdeen University, including one of the Nuffield Foundation's Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme's PhD students, have discovered a new way in which cells that destroy bone can be controlled.

The University of Aberdeen team has also found that a constituent in cannabis can prevent this breakdown of bone.

But the researchers - whose findings appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - stress that smoking cannabis is not the answer to beating bone diseases such as osteoporosis.