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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00971: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to raise awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 11 July 2016

The Scottish government recognises that there are gaps in knowledge and awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder across Scotland.

We are taking a number of steps to promote messages around prevention and harm reduction on alcohol use in pregnancy, for pregnant women and service providers.

As part of our prevention activity, the Scottish Government funded the NHS Education Scotland (NES) resource, ‘Compassionate Connections’, an online interactive tool which supports and trains midwives to enquire in an effective, sensitive way about potential alcohol use, during mothers’ early pregnancy booking appointments.

The Scottish Government is working with a wide range of professionals, including health visitors, midwives, GPs, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, paediatricians and social workers to raise awareness by holding seminars and training days. We have also supported the development of an e-training resource hosted by NES.

We want to reduce the potential for stigma and shame to be associated with this condition, and are therefore considering what additional communications should be developed to support both parents/carers and professionals, to get the right support for the families and children affected by FASD