FASD & Justice

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This page has been developed as a resource for justice professionals and others who want to understand and recognise cognitive impairments and possible Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in people engaging with the criminal justice system.


Information on FASD can be found in the section What is FASD? and Diagnosing FASD


  • People with a FASD may interact with the justice system at all levels and in all jurisdictions: as offenders, victims, witnesses or other parties in criminal, civil and child protection and family law matters.
  • Understanding the underlying reasons for the behaviour that has brought the child or young person into contact with the justice system and providing the appropriate services and supports is critical to reducing the likelihood of reoffending.
  • Professionals involved in the justice system need to develop an understanding of FASD. Early and effective intervention may prevent further harm to others, or the imposition of orders on a person who has a FASD who is unable to comply, or incarceration.



If you have any questions related to this page please contact Heather Jones or call +61 8 9489 7724




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