Telethon Kids Institute - Alcohol and Pregnancy & FASD Research Team
Improving the management of youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the justice system
The University of Western Australia
Developing Diversionary Pathways for Indigenous Youth with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): A Three Community Study in Western Australia
This research examines justice interventions for young people suspected of having FASD and related disorders. It responds to specific concerns of community members and justice professionals in the West Kimberley that increasing numbers of Aboriginal youth are displaying symptoms of FASD and becoming enmeshed in the criminal justice system.
This study will explore and map out diversionary alternatives and law reform options that will equip courts and multi-agency teams, partnered with community-owned and managed services, to construct alternative pathways into treatment and support. The research will be conducted in three locations in remote Western Australia: Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing. The project is funded by the Australian Institute of Criminology.
For more information contact the researchers Professor Harry Blagg or Dr Tamara Tulich