Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Education written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to educate girls on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Education plays an important role in helping to ensure that young people are equipped with the information they need to make informed, healthy decisions and to keep themselves safe.

Schools are required to teach drug education as part of the national curriculum science key stage 2 and key stage 3. It is a matter for schools to decide whether they want to build on this provision through Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education.

The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK (NOFAS-UK) is dedicated to supporting people affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), and their families and communities. They have developed a range of materials available on their website specifically for teachers.

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