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.

Statement on Educational Rights of Children Born Prematurely Launched.

On Tuesday 14th May, 2013, as part of a seminar in the Houses of Parliament, Professor Carpenter, co founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education, launched a Statement on behalf of the Forum, calling for  better educational planning , resources and provision. The Statement is intended as a catalyst for debate and informed decision making, and calls for further research into teaching and learning for this group of children, whose numbers rise annually. The Statement was presented to Fabian Hamilton , MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Education Group .Dr Rona Tutt , also a co founder of the Forum , and a past President of the NAHT, also presented at the seminar with particular reference to past SEND legislation , and the current Children and Families Bill.

Prematurity Position statement

Press release on Statement May 2013 FINAL