Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to the range of neurodevelopmental problems caused by pre-natal exposure to alcohol. The effects are diverse and impact on the individual throughout their life course.
This document from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is a health needs assessment for people living with FASD, their carers and families, and those at risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies in England.
The needs identified for this population group focus on:
- a lack of robust prevalence estimates in England
- the importance of multi-sector working to support individuals through the life course
- better training and awareness for health professionals
- better organisation of services to improve accessibility
- a need to develop innovative approaches to support those living with the condition.