9 September is International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day.
Drinking during pregnancy can impair foetal development leading to a range of neurodevelopmental problems amongst children defined under the term FASD . The effects are diverse and impact on the individual throughout their life course.
Through support from the Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents (CADeP) programme funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions and managed by Public Health England (PHE), Adfam has been working to improve support for families with a child with a FASD. We are doing this by:
- Delivering free online training for practitioners to increase understanding of lived experience of families supporting a child with FASD. Spaces are still available for our final round taking place this month - find out more and register here.
- Developing referral, assessment, diagnosis and support pathways across 10 local authority areas in England.
If you are the family of a child with FASD, support is available through FASD Network UK. Find out more on their website: fasdnetwork.org
The National Organisation for FASD also provide a range of information and awareness for people affected by FASD, their families and communities. Find out more on their website: nationalfasd.org.uk