Conference listing

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): what works for children? ONE DAY CONFERENCE




Special rate for adoptive parents and foster carers - £55.00 + £11.00 VAT Total £66.00 (please contact the Conference Team for bookings)

Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £92.50 + £18.50 VAT Total - £111.00 (usual price £185.00 + £37.00 VAT Total - £222.00)

Individual CoramBAAF member - £67.50 + £13.50 VAT Total - £81.00 (usual price £135.00 + £27.00 VAT Total - £162.00)

Non-member - £250.00 + £50.00 VAT Total - £300.00


There is a growing recognition that many children and young people in adoptive families, foster care and special guardianship are affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  Estimates suggest that about a third of children in care are likely to be affected, and FASD has a significant impact on these children, and their families. It is therefore essential that practitioners have a good understanding of this condition.

Some of the older research on FASD has tended to be quite disheartening, and there is no doubt that the outcomes for many adults with FASD have been poor. However, it is increasingly suggested that with the right support and services in place, many more children with FASD can go on to have happy and successful lives, and evidence about this is beginning to emerge.

This conference is an opportunity to look at ‘what works’ for children with FASD. It aims to bring together people who are actively involved in parenting, caring for, and working with children with FASD to explore how they might best meet the needs of those children in the context of their specific roles. 


This conference will:

•    Provide information about FASD and hear about how it impacts on children and young people

•    Hear about the experiences of parents and carers; the challenges they experience, and what has proved helpful.

•    Consider what it means to provide effective services and support to children, young people and their families

•    Consider these issues as they apply to health, education and social care services.


This conference will be of interest to anyone parenting, caring for, or working with a child with FASD, including adopters, foster carers and special guardians, social workers, medical advisers, and teachers, as well as independent reviewing officers, child psychologists, commissioners, strategic managers, and panel members.



10.00am – Welcome by Chair - Paul Adams, Fostering Consultant, CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

Session 1
FASD matters - Sandy Butcher, Chief Executive, NOFAS-UK (The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK)

Session 2
Diagnosis and multi-agency working - Dr Michelle Bond, Consultant Paediatrician 

11.25am -11.40am Refreshment break

Session 3
Creating systems of support: family, school and community - Maria Catterick, Foster Carer and Author of 'Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Guide to FASD for Parents, Carers and Professionals', FASD Network

Session 4
Overcoming adversity - Bradley (young person) and his grandmother, kinship carer Enza Smith

1.00pm-2.00pm lunch

Session 5
A strength based approach to FASD in a school setting: strategies that work - Video

Session 6
Educating children and young people with FASD - Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Director of the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) & Reader in Interdisciplinary Practice & Research with Families, Birmingham City University

Session 7

The neuropsychology of FASD and what this means for children - Dr Cassie Jackson, Chartered Clinical Psychologist

3.45pm Chair’s closing remarks

4.00pm Close


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