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Under the radar - recognising and supporting children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - London


Maria Catterick - the Director of FASD Network UK – will be leading two training days of for PAC-UK on the topic of ‘Recognising and Supporting Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders’. Maria will explain FASD in some detail as well as address the potential of children with FASD and how they can be parented to reach their potential.  Information and resources for ongoing support and services will also be given.  Maria’s book, “Understanding FASD for parents, carers and professionals” was published in 2014 by JKP. She received a Prime Minister’s award for her FASD work in 2013 and was given a FASD Champion Award in 2017.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.  FASD is a preventable yet lifelong disability.

Individuals with FASD have their own unique areas of difficulties but may experience challenges in their daily living, and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation, and social skills.  They also have a unique set of strengths and many are showing talents, that when nurtured and supported, demonstrate their unlimited potential in those areas.

Many people are unaware that alcohol exposure can cause permanent physical and neurological damage to an unborn child. There are issues with a lack of training and awareness and prevention messages, so the numbers born with prenatal alcohol exposure are considerable in the UK and around the world.

Awareness of FASD leads to the targeting of supports, developing services, changes of strategies and better outcomes for families affected by FASD.

Who should attend

Adoptive parents and permanent carers
Social care practitioners working in permanency and adoption


Maria Catterick is the Director of FASD Network UK which she founded due to her personal and professional experiences of children and young people with FASD. The aims of FASD Network is to support families, equip professionals, provide training and raise awareness for social change on FASD which now sees her connecting with 1000 families. She is also a founding member of the FASD UK Alliance which works together to raise awareness of FASD in the UK and provides an online support group for families. Her book, “Understanding FASD for parents, carers and professionals” was published in 2014 by JKP. She received a Prime Minister’s award for her FASD work in 2013 and was given a FASD Champion Award in 2017.

Benefits of attending

  • Raise awareness of FASD across the lifespan and promote understanding of FASD.
  • Inspire and encourage families about the potential of people with FASD.
  • Consider support and strategies that may be needed for those with FASD.
  • Provide information and resources for ongoing support and services.

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Prices excluding VAT

Subscribing LAs/all self paying carers - Individual carers: £81,  Couples: £152.50,  Professionals: £141

Non-subscribing LAs -  Individual carers: £93.50,  Couples: £174.50,  Professionals: £166.50

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