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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

29 April 2022 @ 09:30 - 13:00
A half day training session focusing on causes, characteristics, impact and strategies for education




Summary of the event:

This half day session will focus on:

  • Cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
  • Characteristics of FASD in school aged children
  • Specific overlaps with other ‘conditions’ and with specific reference to the care experienced learner
  • The impact of FASD with specific reference to education
  • Strategies to use in the classroom and with the wider team around specific children

Participants will be provided with electronic copies of the following:

  • PowerPoint hand out
  • An education guide
  • Additional information to support a child in placement
  • A further reading sheet including links to UK websites
  • Introduction to physical resources available for working with affected students 

All resources will be UK developed and will reflect the most up to date current thinking.

Audience: SENCos, Inclusion Managers, Teachers, TAs, Learning Mentors

Cost: £78+VAT / person
Refreshments and cold buffet lunch included

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Training led by: Brian Roberts

Brian is an independent consultant and trainer on supporting vulnerable and traumatised children and young people.

Brian has been a Local Authority foster carer for over 25 years. Along with his wife they have provided long term foster care for large sibling groups. They have been the Special Guardians of three girls and one boy that they previously looked after and continue to provide foster placements. They currently have a home for three children in foster placements. Brian is the Chair of Bedfordshire Foster Care Association.

Brian has been Virtual School Head in two English Local Authorities and was one of the Virtual Heads who was on the Department for Children, Schools and Families national pilot. He was also closely involved in national pilots on One to One Tuition, Multi-Therapeutic Treatment Foster Care and the Assisted Boarding School Pathfinder.

Brian has given oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Working Group on Adoption and Fostering on Looked After Children’s Educational Achievement (2007), Looked After Children’s Achievement (2010) and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders on the impact that FASD has on family life and education (2016 & 2018). He was chosen as one of four foster carers to give oral evidence in Parliament to the Education Select Committee enquiry on the future of fostering (2017) and contributed to the development of Social Worker CPD on securing permanence for Children in Care for the Department for Education (2017). Brian also represented people impacted by FASD at the launch of a national enquiry into the implementation of health advice regarding FASD in Parliament and was a contributor to the FASD UK Alliance discussions with the Deputy Chief Medical Advisor about supporting those affected by FASD and also Adoption UK’s Ministerial Round Table discussion focusing on Post Adoption Support, the Education of adopted children and FASD (2018).

In 2020 Brian has been a developer on the national Prevent FASD PSHE programme, the Department of Health and Social Care FASD Awareness and training project and the co-authored the Me & My FASD website for affected young people. He has also worked on the new National Organisation for FASD website.

During spring 2021 he was leading the development and distribution of materials to families in England affected by FASD as part of a COVID response initiative from the Department of Culture Media and Sport to support Vulnerable families

At home Brian and his wife live with three young people with FASD and many of the children that they have fostered have been seriously affected as foetuses by their birth mothers consumption of alcohol while pregnant and this has led to Brian becoming an expert in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). It is estimated that over 3 in 10 of all children in the care system are affected to some degree by FASD. He has written academically for the FASD Trust, The National Organisation for FASD and the Corum BAAF journal on the Impact that FASD has on education and learning in the UK. He has also appeared on FASD documentaries for the BBC & FASD Trust.

He trained and practiced as a teacher for over 25 years His experience covers Humanities Education, Careers Education and Guidance, Young People’s Voice and Leadership and he was England’s only Advanced Skills Teacher for Enterprise Education.

Cancellations/Refunds: Cancellations of training events are subject to a 25% administration fee where the cancellation is made 3 weeks or more before the date of the event. No refund is payable for a cancellation made within 2 weeks prior to the training course – in this event the full sum shown on the invoice remains payable.