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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: knowledge, attitudes and practice within the West Australian justice system
The aims of the research were to:
- assess justice professionals’ awareness and knowledge of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
- assess the perceived impact of FASD on practice within the justice system
- identify the information needs relating to FASD for the justice system in Western Australia (WA).
Separate surveys were undertaken within four sectors of the WA justice system, this included the justice system; judicial; legal; corrections and police. Even though response rates to the survey were low (23%), responses were relatively consistent across sectors. Awareness of FASD was lower than for FAS across all sectors.
Abstract adapted from Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
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Mutch R, Watkins R, Jones H, Bower C (2013)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: knowledge, attitudes and practice within the Western Australian justice system.
Perth, WA: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research