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FASD and Justice Videos

Videos produced by Telethon Kids Institute as part of the 'Understanding FASD: A Guide for Justice Professionals' project

Overview - issues in the justice system


FASD and the Justice System

  • The key principle of our justice system is ‘equality before the law’
  • FASD is a lifelong disability that can impact on the capacity of a person to be fairly treated under the justice system
  • How the justice system identifies and responds to FASD will have a significant impact on the outcomes for people with FASD, their families and the broader community

Awareness of FASD

  • People with FASD may interact with the justice system at all levels and in a range of roles
  • FASD may not always be diagnosed or may be misdiagnosed
  • What does FASD ‘look like’?

Representing Clients in the Criminal Justice System

  • Understanding how FASD may affect a person’s behaviour in relation to criminal activity
  • Requesting assessments of persons who may have a FASD

FASD and the Judiciary

  • The court needs to be guided by lawyers
  • An assessment can change the court’s response

Protection and Care Proceedings

  • Children and young people in care are a high risk group for FASD
  • Practitioners in protection and pare need to be particularly alert to the indicators of FASD

Video Produced by the Foundation for Alcohol Reserach and Education (FARE)