FASD & the Criminal Justice system

This Australian produced video raises some important issues related to the management of people with FASD in the criminal justice system of any Country.

As an Educationalist, the issues raised underscore for me the need for high quality Education for children and young people with FASD, to prevent some of the tragic admissions to the criminal justice system. Many go on to become ‘revolving door prisoners’ with no quality of life.

One day Society will wake up to this ticking time-bomb.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder debated in the UK Parliament.

Watch the video to the debate initiated by NOFAS-UK in the Houses of Parliament and experts responses to the recent court case challenging whether heavy drinking in pregnancy should beconsidered as a mother’s crime against her fetus. The Court of Appeal ruled that the fetus cannot be the victim of a crime. As controversial as the debate was, more importantly, it made people aware of the dangers of drinking alcohol in pregnancy. 

As a caveat it is worth noting that in Norway the Foetus is accorded status , and has legal rights.