Consensus Statement

Back in September, we posted a follow-up on the Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of FASD. In that post, we mentioned that the conference organizers were in the process of finalizing the consensus document and would share it with us once completed so that we could distribute it to our readers.

That time is here! The Institute of Health Economics sent us the finalized document yesterday along with a link for a complete video library of all of the presentations from the conference.  (See links at end of blog post)

To recap:

The three-day conference featured presentations from experts in the field of FASD on a broad range of topics concerning FASD as a disorder and its relation to the justice system. Legal experts attended the conference and wrote a consensus document highlighting the information they had garnered from the presentations.

The goal of the conference was to provide answers to the following questions:

1. What are the implications of FASD for the legal system?

2. Is there a need for enhanced efforts to identify people with FASD, and how can these efforts be achieved?

3. How can the criminal justice system respond more effectively to those with FASD?

4. How can family courts and the family/child welfare legal system address the specific needs of people with FASD?

5. What are the best practices for guardianship, trusteeship and social support in a legal context?

6. What legal measures are there in different jurisdictions to contribute to the prevention of FASD, and what are the ethical and economic implications of these measures?

Links:

Consensus Statement on Legal Issues of FASD (finalized document from IHE and Alberta Government)

Videos of all conference presentations

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