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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness

Event/course Code SFVSS 20/144
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are starting to be recognised as a major barrier in the way of children with care experience, which prevents them from making the progress that is expected of them. However, it does not just affect those in care. It is currently estimated that 15 per 10,000 people around the world are estimated to have Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), the most severe form of FASD (‘The global toll of fetal alcohol syndrome’, 2017).

Within the care system, the figures jump tenfold or more. The most recent published study found that 35% of children in care in one Authority were affected by FASD, and 75% of children who were adopted (Corum BAAF Adoption & Fostering Journal, 2015).

The course will highlight the signs and symptoms of FASD, it will help attendees to understand the impact of the condition on individuals and those who are living and working with them.

Please note this is an online course and joining instructions will be sent to you prior to the course start time. We recommend that all delegates login to the session in plenty of time to avoid any technical delays.
Event Content FASD is an umbrella term that covers any condition produced because a birth mother drank while pregnant. Alcohol can cause organic brain damage and physical and behavioural issues in the developing foetus that is significant and lasts a lifetime. Although it is present from birth the impact of FASD may not be evident in the early years and the classic symptoms may only develop later in life.

This workshop style event will cover the impact of FASD, its causes and impacts at home, in school and within the social care system. Delegates will require no previous knowledge of the condition but may realise that they have supported affected individuals in the past. Please bring a desire to learn and make a difference. You will be asked to reflect on your experiences and talk to other participants.

Strategies will be suggested that will lessen the impact at home, in school and in social care practice. Further sources of information, advice, guidance and support will be provided and signposted. The event will draw on the latest research and thoughts in a field that is ever changing.

The course will be led by Brian Roberts, an independent trainer and consultant specialising in supporting improving the life chances of vulnerable children and young people. He has been a Local Authority Foster Carer for over 20 years. Brian works in Association with Kate Cairns Associates (KCA). He sits on the Associate Reference Group for KCA and is the Chair of the Fostering Networks England Advisory Committee. He was previously a Virtual School Head for Looked After Children in two English Local Authorities and has worked on numerous pilots for the Department for Education.
Event Learning Outcomes On completion of the course delegates will be able to:

• Explain what the cause of FASD is and how it impacts on an individual’s development and learning.
• Confidently recognise the condition and understand how to initiate a diagnosis
• Propose how best to support FASD affected children and the families that they live in.
• Identify where to find ongoing support, information, research findings, advice and guidance.
Trainers Brian Roberts
Course categories SEND, Inclusion and Behaviour
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
Event/course administrator Workforce Development (training@achievingforchildren.org.uk)
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Wednesday 24 March 202109:30 - 14:30Home Study, N/A, N/A, N/A