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The UK FASD Trust Forum for Social Work
To serve as a focus for discussion and the dissemination of information regarding FASD-affected children, we have established the UK FASD Trust for Social Work. Our aim is to raise awareness, share experience and promote best practice among social workers and all involved in the adoption and fostering of children.
Why the Forum?
The World Health Organisation estimates that 1% of the world's population is affected by FASD. That estimate, in itself, is quite striking. Even more arresting is the estimate, adduced by research, that around 30% of children in the UK Child Care system (including those moved on to adoption) are affected by FASD. Many workers in the field consider the estimate of 30% to be too conservative; they believe the figure to be nearer to 65%.
Whatever the precise percentages, these are startling figures, with profound implications for all concerned, not least for those engaged in social work. The FASD Trust considers it very important that, in facing this huge and growing challenge, social workers and all involved in the adoption and fostering of children in the UK have a forum through which information can be exchanged, experiences shared and best practices developed.
Launch of the Forum
We are pleased to report that the launch meeting of The FASD Trust Social Work Forum took place on 12th September 2013, at Saltwells Education Centre, Dudley.
A founding Steering Committee has been established, and the FASD Trust and the following organisations have representatives on that Committee:
BASW (British Association of Social Workers)
BAAF (British Association of Adoption and Fostering)
Meetings Held and Arranged, and Plans for the Future
The Steering Committee is developing a programme of activity and development for the Forum. These will include both Forum-specific events and joint events with other organisations.
Two such joint events, both hosted by the BAAF, have already taken place this year in London. Julia Brown, Joint CEO of The FASD Trust was a speaker at a one-day conference, which took place on 13th March, and she chaired the second event, which was held on 26th March. Speakers at that event included Dr Ges Gregory, a consultant community paediatrician, and Brian Roberts, Chair of the FASD Trust Education Forum.
As the Forumís programme evolves, we will keep you informed via the News and Events page of The FASD Trust web site, and via this Forum-specific home page.