Adoption UK Scotland launches Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) support service
FASD Hub Scotland is a new service by Adoption UK Scotland for parents and carers of children and young people who were - or are suspected of having been - exposed to alcohol during pregnancy, a condition known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
The service extends to offer information, support and training to relevant professionals who support these families.
FASD is an umbrella term that describes a range of irreversible and lifelong physical, emotional and developmental delays that may affect a person as a result of being exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. The UK has the fourth highest level of prenatal alcohol use in the world, and around three quarters of looked-after children are deemed at risk.
A recent UK based study showed up to 17% of children screened had symptoms consistent with FASD. Within Scotland FASD may affect up to 6% of children and young people. Despite this, people with FASD are also often misdiagnosed with similar or co-morbid conditions, or not diagnosed at all.
FASD Hub Scotland will provide direct support services for people affected by, or living with, FASD. The service includes an information helpline, advocacy support, an online peer support community, workshops and training programmes.