Addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Scotland

The Fetal Alcohol Advisory Support & Training Team (FAASTT) is funded by Scottish Government with a national remit to provide and facilitate training, consultation and research in order to enhance the capacity, knowledge and confidence of Scotland’s health and social care workforce in their work with those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

FASD is a significant public health issue for Scotland, with an estimated 1 in 7 babies born at risk of FASD and an estimated prevalence of 3.25-5% which is 3-4 times greater than autism. FASD is a lifelong condition and, without early diagnosis and appropriate support starting in childhood, is associated with secondary disabilities including reduced educational attainment and outcomes, mental health and addiction problems, involvement with the criminal justice system, and premature death from violence, accidents and suicide. Timely intervention can however ameliorate such risks allowing individuals to achieve their full potential.

Figures and facts on the scale and scope of FASD in Scotland, along with guidance on the identification and management of people exposed prenatally to alcohol has been published by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) in CG 156 (SIGN, 2019).

Who do we support?

The FAAST Team supports health and social care professionals in their work with children and adults affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Scotland.

If you are a parent or carer of a child with FASD please contact our sister organisation, FASD Hub Scotland, who will be able to provide you with support. Additionally, please encourage the clinicians you are working with to explore our website where they can access available resources, seek additional support and advice on clinical cases and sign up for notification of future updates as they happen.

FASD Hub Scotland

The FAAST Team works in partnership with FASD Hub Scotland, a national tiered support service for all parents and carers of children and young people who have, or may have, been affected, by prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD Hub Scotland provides information, advice, peer support, signposting and training for caregivers and professionals in education, social work and the charity/third sector.

What's new?

We are delighted to confirm that we now offer Europe’s first PgCert in FASD.

Starting in September 2024 and comprised of 3 x 10-week courses delivered online students will complete:

All courses are designed to work around busy professionals, being part time and online; the PgCert can be spread over 36 months.The programme is now open for applications or contact us at CPD.FAAST@ed.ac.uk for more information.
Additionally, it is possible to take modules on a stand-alone basis as CPD. When taking the module for CPD, you can choose to take it with or without academic credit.

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