Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and the criminal justice system

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and the criminal justice system

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The Greater Manchester FASD Network invites you this lunchtime learning session about FASD and the criminal justice system

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Please join the Greater Manchester FASD Network for a lunchtime learning session for parents and professionals to learn about an aspect of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

At this session we will be joined by David Junior Gilbert, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. researcher in the School of Health and Society at the University of Salford. Gilbert is passionate about increasing the knowledge, understanding and awareness surrounding the encounters of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) with the criminal justice system (CJS).

His current research focuses on the factors that may pre-dispose some individuals with FASD to become involved with the criminal justice system. This includes a qualitative study to explore the experiences of individuals with FASD alongside their parents/carers regarding criminal justice system involvement. The second study assesses memory, IQ, impulsivity and interrogative suggestibility of young people with FASD in comparison to the neurotypical population. The results from these studies could potentially impact the criminal justice system approach in the interrogation of individuals with FASD.

During this session, Gilbert will share insight and early findings from his research, followed by an informal discussion on the themes. The discussion will be chaired by Susan McGrail, founder of the Greater Manchester FASD Network.

Please register below to book your place. You will receive the Zoom information prior to the session. Please detail any accessibility requirements when registering.

This session is open to all with an interest in FASD and its impact. This session is likely to be of particular interest to:

  • parents and carers of children and teenagers who have FASD
  • voluntary and community sector organisations working with young people and families
  • voluntary and community sector organisations working with those in contact with the criminal justice system

The session will assume participants have a baseline knowledge of what FASD is. Below are some useful links to learn more about FASD ahead of the session:

  • https://nationalfasd.org.uk/about-fasd/
  • https://www.actiontogether.org.uk/rochdale-foetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-network-launches-peer-support-e-book
  • https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs204
  • https://fasd-uk.net/

About the Greater Manchester FASD Network

The GM FASD Network exists to provide peer support with community organisations and parents and carers of children with suspected or diagnosed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). 10GM's role is to facilitate the GM FASD network; we also promote national events across GM and produce information resources.

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