What is FASD Network UK? FASD Network started as a support group led by foster carers, adopters and birth families who were raising children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. It was founded in the Durham Tees Valley which is an area that includes: Durham, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar & Cleveland. Our work has since expanded into the north to include Northumbria, Tyneside and Wearside and also to the south to cover the North Yorkshire, Hull and East Riding areas. Whilst we have a UK remit our particular focus is on the Northern regions and we firmly believe that local services are best delivered by local people and local organisations.
As FASD Network UK we are now a social enterprise which is able to respond to contracting, service level agreements and spot purchasing requests with local authorities and voluntary and community sector groups across the region. We are able to provide training, consultancy and advocacy services in order to raise awareness of the condition and to provide input about service and support requirements. Please contact us if you require further details on what we can offer to you as an organisation. We are passionate about providing information, training and raising public awareness about FASD across the north and we work hard to create strategic change at local, national and international levels.
Core Aims and Principles F - Families-first approach within a multi-disciplinary framework A - Advocacy and enablement as a fundamental principle for adults with FASD and caregivers S - Support for the prevention, surveillance, screening and diagnosis of FASD and the creation of services D - Development and training of individual families and education, health, social care and justice professionals
Key Services Training - We provide bespoke training for organisations requiring further knowledge about FASD and how to support services users more effectively. Training has been delivered to foster carers, adopters, social workers, alcohol professionals, midwives, health visitors, early years workers, teachers, policy makers, paediatricians, and broader health agencies. Please contact us to discuss your training requirements.
Support- We provide support groups for families who are raising children with FASD on a termly basis. We also co-facilitate FASD UK a closed Facebook support group which provides daily input which in turn breaks isolation and offers timely solutions to daily needs. If you are raising a child with FASD in the North East and North Yorkshire then please register with us so we can add you to the mailing list. REGISTRATION
Strategic Development - We work with a range of partners to examine structural service deficits in the UK and advocate for change across the northern regions. Inter-disciplinary networks facilitate the ongoing development of strategic objectives to address this public heath concern and improve outcomes for people affected by FASD.
Research - We conduct our own research and work with multi-agency partners to develop research opportunities which will address knowledge gaps and promote funding of services which are currently absent. If you are interested in research then please get in touch and let us know how we can partner with you.
FASD Network UK is registered and based in North East UK. Please follow the links to our social media options.