Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), formerly Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the umbrella term used to describe the leading cause of preventable birth defects and is the commonest known cause of cognitive impairment in children, in the world.
6,000 babies are born each year in the UK with FASD – and many are undiagnosed. If you work with children, adolescents or vulnerable adults you may be supporting someone with an FASD.
It is a spectrum disorder caused when a pregnant women consumes alcohol,
Improvements in screening, identification, and treatment of children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) can be enhanced through systematic efforts to educate medical and allied health students and practitioners about these disorders. Such efforts will contribute toward the goal of better identification, diagnosis, and referral for treatment for individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure.
Who is Foetal Alcohol Syndrome aimed at?
All health and social care professionals
On completion of the course, participants will
- Have awareness of the 3 spectrums of FASD
- Have increased confidence in discussing drugs and alcohol with pregnant women
- Have heightened understanding of the causes and contributing factors for the effects of drugs and alcohol in pregnancy