Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders


Event type Day Conference

The Teacher Bldg, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow

The ACAMH Scotland Branch presents a conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. This event aims to raise awareness and understanding of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and provide an overview of how individuals and families affected by FASD can be supported.

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SPECIAL OFFER FOR MIDWIVES – we have 10 spaces available at £52.50pp – SAVING OVER £100! To reserve your space email events@acamh.org or call 020 7403 7458. This offer ends on 31/08/18 first come first served.

Learning Outcomes

  • To raise awareness of the prevalence, key features and outcomes of individuals affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
  • To understand the key components of an FASD assessment, including taking alcohol history and developing a profile of strengths and difficulties
  • To gain an overview of what interventions and approaches can benefit individuals and families affected by FASD
  • To understand more about the lived experience from those affected by FASD
  • To be able to consider wider implications from prevention to intervention: a whole system approach to responding to FASD as a societal issue for Scotland

Who should attend

This event is aimed at all professionals working in health/mental health, education, and social work.

About the Speakers

Professor Moira Plant Emeritus Professor of Alcohol Studies at the University of West of England in Bristol UK and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University Perth Australia

Moira’s main interests include women, alcohol and mental health, drinking in pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She has published on these and related subjects in peer reviewed journals and books. Moira is the UK lead on the Gender Alcohol and Culture: An International Project (GENACIS) which includes over 40 countries worldwide. She has acted as consultant to the World Health Organisation, the UK and other governments, the Centre for Addiction Research & Education Scotland (CARES) and is a UK consultant to the US Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD). Moira is a psychotherapist and trains and supervises counsellors.

Dr Raja Mukherjee Adult Learning Disability Consultant Psychiatrist for Surrey and Border’s Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mukherjee started the first NHS based specialist Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders behavioural clinic and since then has seen over 150 cases for specialist second opinion. He completed his PhD on the subject of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in 2014. He has also acted as an invited advisor to the BMA board of science, The Department of Health and the World Health Organisation on the subject of FASD. Dr Mukherjee also gave evidence to the first All Party Parlimentary Group on FASD at the House of commons. Dr Mukherjee is also Clinical lead for adult Autism Services for SABP provides diagnostic services to Surrey, Hampshire and Portsmouth

Dr Jennifer Shields Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Scottish Government Fetal Alcohol Advisory and Support Team (FAAST) based in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Principal Educator for Autism (NHS Education Scotland).

Following two years working for the West Dunbartonshire Acquired Brain Injury Service, Dr Shields completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow. Alongside her clinical post within the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service in North Ayrshire, she also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology at University College London. Dr Shields has a longstanding interest in neurodevelopmental conditions and acquired brain injury. She was a member of the working group for the SIGN Guideline for Autism (145) and is currently a member of the working group for the SIGN Guideline for FASD.

Dr Sarah Brown Consultant Paediatrician, Rainbow House Child Development Centre, NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Dr Brown has longstanding interests in advocating for the needs of Looked After and Accommodated Children and is the Lead Paediatrician for LAAC Health within Ayrshire. Dr Brown is the Lead Clinician for the Scottish Government Fetal Alcohol Advisory and Support Team and is committed to supporting the nationwide development of FASD services and improving clinician confidence in the diagnosis of FASD. She regularly teaches and presents at conferences on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and is a member of the FASD SIGN Guideline Group.

Lorna Fulton FASD Clinical Coordinator for the Pilot FASD Diagnostic Project being delivered in NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Lorna Fulton has worked in NHS Ayrshire & Arran for the past 30 years as registered Nurse and Midwife. During her time as a Community Midwife, Lorna developed an interest in substance use in pregnancy. In 2010, she was instrumental in the development of a smoking cessation and alcohol brief intervention service within the maternity setting which was funded by North, South and East Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnerships. Since 2012, the post concentrated on the development of a specialist alcohol service providing support for midwives delivering alcohol brief interventions and raising the awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Dr Patricia D. Jackson, OBE FRCPCH Honorary Fellow University of Edinburgh Department of Child Life and Health

Dr Jackson trained as a Paediatrician at Edinburgh University and specialised in neuro-developmental assessment. Her previous role in NHS Lothian was the development and organisation of Learning Disability Services for children and young people. She established, and was the Clinical Lead for, the CEN NMCN (National Care Network in Scotland for Children with Exceptional Health Care Needs). Over the past 5 years she has led the consultation process resulting in the recent launch of the Scottish Government Diagnostic Pathway for Children with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).This is one of a number of Scottish Government initiatives in relation to FASD. She is co-chair of the SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network) FASD Diagnosis Guideline Group.

Dr Chris Steer Scottish Government Advisor

Dr Chris Steer qualified in Edinburgh in 1971. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons), M.B,Ch.B, DCH(Glasgow), FRCPE., and FRCPCH. Dr Steer was trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh. He was appointed as Consultant Paediatrician at the Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy in 1984. Clinical commitments included supervising acute medical admissions, neonatal services, outpatient clinics with a heavy emphasis on call commitment; undergraduate/ postgraduate teaching responsibilities for 3 local universities, and Paediatric career trainees. . He is now part retired from full-time Consultant work but has continuing responsibility for a busy Neurodevelopmental OPD Service and associated liaison with Education and Social Service agencies.

Dr Carolyn Blackburn, Senior Research Fellow Birmingham City University

Dr Carolyn Blackburn has worked in education for over 20 years with a focus on children with special educational needs and disabilities. She led two research projects related to early years practitioner knowledge of and the educational implications of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She is currently leading a project about the significance of a diagnosis of FASD from a young person/family perspective. Further to this Carolyn has worked on thirteen research projects that involved family and child/young person voice. She is the Vice Chair of the European Association on Early Childhood Intervention, a Churchill Early Years Prevention and Intervention Fellow and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Carolyn has published her work in books and peer-reviewed journal articles and presented her work across Europe (Turkey, Moldova, Germany, Luxembourg, Serbia, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK) and in New Zealand as well as in many schools and community settings.


9.00am – Registration

9.30am – Carolyn Wilson, Team Leader, Supporting Maternal and Child Wellbeing, Scottish Government – Welcome

9.45am – Sarah Brown – FASD: Culture, Context and the Need for Collaboration

10.15am  Dr Chris Steer, Dr Patricia Jackson OBE, – Setting the Scottish Scene

10.45am The Lived Experience: A family perspective

11.15am Break

11.30am Keynote: Professor Moira Plant, – Physical and Behavioural Implications of FASD

12.10pm  Lorna Fulton, – Discussing Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch and The Scottish Branch AGM

1.15pm Dr Jennifer Shields & Dr Morag Murray – Multidisciplinary Assessment of FASD & Outcomes for Education

1.50pm  Keynote – Dr Carolyn Blackburn – The Educational Implications of FASD

2.30pm  – Break

2.45pm Keynote – Dr Raja Mukherjee, – Assessing the Cognitive Domain: Neurological Deficits & Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

3.30pm  Dr Jennifer Shields – Social Workers’ experiences of supporting children exposed to alcohol in utero: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

4.00pm – 4.15pm – Questions and Answers Session

4.15pm– Dr Sarah Brown, Consultant Paediatrician – The Fetal Alcohol Advisory and Support Team (FAAST) – Next Steps for Scotland

4.30pm – Close


Amongst our aims is the dissemination of information to bridge the gap between rigorous research and best practice in relation to child and adolescent mental health. One of the ways in which we do this is through our events, and we try to make these as accessible and affordable as is reasonably possible. The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate and we hope you consider joining. For this event we are offering further discount for 4 or more people, please call 020 7403 7458 for details.

Publications/Digital – £52.50*
Platinum Member – £110.00

Gold Member – £126.00
Silver/Bronze Member – £142.00

Non Member – £158.00

*NB this event is not valid for use of an ACAMH discount voucher at the Publications/Digital Member rate, but places are available at this rate without a voucher.