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Telethon Kids Institute


FASD and Justice Videos


FASD & Justice Videos_GroupAs part of the 'Understanding FASD - a guide for justice professionals' project a series of 5 short videos and an overview video have been produced. The videos were launched on 29 April 2015 by the Hon. Chief Justice of Western Australia Wayne Martin AC. Read the Chief Justice's speech.


Photo: Professor Carol Bower Telethon Kids Institute, Associate Professor Raewyn Mutch Telethon Kids Institute, The Hon. Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC, Ms Heather Jones Telethon Kids Institute, Professor Jonathan Carapetis Telethon Kids Institute




Overview videoOverview: FASD and issues in the justice system








Video icon justiceFASD and the Justice System

FASD is a lifelong disability that can impact on the capacity of a person to be fairly treated under the justice system

How the justice system identifies and responds to FASD will have a significant impact on the outcomes for people affected by FASD, their families and the broader community




Video icon eyeAwareness of FASD

People with FASD may interact with the justice system at all levels and in a range of roles

What does FASD 'look like'?





Video icon clientsRepresenting clients in the criminal justice system

Requesting assessments of personsaffected by FASD

Understanding how FASD may affect a person's behaviour in relation to criminal activity





Video icon courtFASD and the Judiciary

The court needs to be guided by lawyers

An assessment can change the court's response





Video icon protectProtection and Care Proceedings

Children and young people in care are a high risk group for FASD

Practitioners in Protection and Care need to be particularly alert to the indicators of FASD





Read more about this project and the development of the videos





The 'Understanding FASD - a guide for justice professionals' project has been a collaboration between the Telethon Kids Institute and many stakeholders, particulary WA judicial officers and Legal Aid WA.


The Telethon Kids Institute would like to acknowledge the expertise, contribution and commitment of the project Steering Group:

  • Magistrate Catherine Crawford (Perth Children's Court)
  • Ms Trish Heath (Office of the Commissioner for Children & Young People)
  • Ms Anna O'Connor (Legal Aid WA)
  • Ms Claire Rossi (Legal Aid WA)
  • Ms Julie Waud (Aboriginal Legal Service WA)
  • Ms Robyn Williams (Community representative)



We would also like to thank everyone who appeared in the videos whether as a key presenter or in a cameo role and those who assisted with the filming especially the staff of the Perth Children's Court.


Our thanks to (in alphabetical order)


Children's Court of Western Australia

Magistrate Andrée Horrigan, Rachael Moffitt, His Honour Judge Denis Reynolds, Ryan Small, Amanda Ugle, Magistrate Stephen Vose


Commissioner for Children and Young People

A/Commissioner Jenni Perkins


Supreme Court of Western Australia

Chief Justice Western Australia, The Honourable Wayne Martin AC


Department for Child Protection and Family Support

Emily Ohayon


Department of Corrective Services

Mark Fredericks, Jarred Wall


Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Sean Stocks, Tracy Weston


Legal Aid Western Australia

Travis Cranley, Shivaun Hughes, Kyle Martin


Telethon Kids Institute

Professor Carol Bower, Heather Jones, Associate Professor Raewyn Mutch


Young Actors

Toby Freeman, Lucie O'Sullivan



Watch the videos



FASD Overview - Issues in the Justice System



 FASD and the Justice System


 Awareness of FASD



Representing clients in the justice system



 FASD and the judiciary



Protection and Care proceedings




We would greatly appreciate your comments on the videos.


Please send us a brief email or complete the 5 question feedback form




On-line Continuing Professional Development Module for Lawyers


The module incorporates the videos developed as part of this project and includes additional information, references and readings. Participants are required to answer a series of questions and complete a final test.


WA lawyers can get free access by contacting Rhys McVicker via email or phone 9261 6384.




We acknowledge the work of the Legal Practice Development - Legal Resources and Content team at Legal Aid WA for their assistance with the development of this module and hosting it on the Train-N-Track website.









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Asante Centre

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