The National Forum for Assertive Outreach is a grassroots
organisation which was brought together by Kath Dixon in 1998. The
Forum was set up initially to meet the need for mutual
practitioner support and champion coordinated and faithful
applications of the assertive outreach model.
initial support from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health the
forum set up regular, free regional network meetings for Assertive
Outreach Teams run by Regional Coordinators.
Along side this was a National Steering Group made up of
the eight Regional Coordinators, a Voluntary Sector Representative
and specialist Co-opted Members.
This group, in consultation with the regions, developed the
structure and constitution that form the organisation that is in
In 2001 NFAO held its inaugural national conference in Oxford.
Establishing itself as an independent organisation, the
Forum was able to hold is first Annual General Meeting (AGM) in
2002. This saw the
acceptance of the constitution allowing the Forum in April 2003 to
use its membership to elect its Executive Officers and Regional
constitution was recently updated in 2007 and maintains this