FASD assessments and the justice system

The PATCHES team are receiving an increasing number of referrals that are Justice system related which has resulted in forming positive networking relationships within the Department of Corrective Services; particularly the Department’s Community and Youth Justice division.

The article, “Sentencing Offenders with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): The Challenge of Effective Management” by Ian QC Freckelton of the University of Melbourne  highlights the work PATCHES is involved in and the subsequent impact this can have on an individual’s future.  Although there is much more work to be done to make FASD history, the article highlights recommendations for support and a need to better explore possibilities within communities and among relevant agencies.