Foetal Alcohol Syndrome:Written question - 139045

Asked by Thelma Walker
(Colne Valley)
Asked on: 27 April 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people diagnosed with foetal alcohol syndrome.
Answered by: Steve Brine
Answered on: 08 May 2018

The Government recognises that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can have a significant impact on the early years development of children, their behaviours and their life chances. Early intervention services can help reduce some of the effects of FASD and prevent some of the secondary disabilities that result. Responsibility for commissioning these services lies with clinical commissioning groups.

The United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines provide the public with the most up to date scientific information to help people make informed decisions about their own drinking. The guideline for women who are pregnant or think they could become pregnant, is that the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to reduce risks to the baby to a minimum.

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