The aim of the webinar is

  • to give participants an opportunity to consider the risks associated with alcohol and drug exposed pregnancies and the period up to a child's second birthday - the first 1000 days.
  • Ensure participants are aware of the risks associated with alcohol exposed pregnancy and parent/carer problematic alcohol and drugs use during the first 1000 days
  • Empower participants to work with women/parents/carers who are at risk of an alcohol exposed pregnancy and problematic alcohol and drug use during the first 1000 days
  • Raise awareness of FASD/NAS

The webinar will;

  • discuss the skills and tools required to have what is often perceived as ‘difficult conversations’
  • include an overview of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (including the range of conditions) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome with an overview of the advice practitioners should give to women/parents/carers in relation to alcohol/other drugs who are thinking of becoming, who are pregnant or have a child aged between birth and 2 years.
  • include short videos of parent discussing living with a child with FASD and also parents in recovery, discussing brief therapies and their relationship with the therapeutic social worker.

We encourage downloading the accompanying resources and materials to compliment the learning within this webinar. The video of parents in recovery shown in the webinar recording is also now available.


Róisín has worked in the drug and alcohol field since the early 90s in both clinical and managerial roles. During this time she also worked as a reviewer for the Health Care Commission and has delivered the RCGP Part 1 and 2 – Working with Drug Users in primary care in venues across the North West. Róisín has also facilitated workshops at several national conferences. Her current role as Senior Advisor for Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies at the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, is to lead on an initial 2 year ‘proof of concept’ programme to reduce alcohol exposed pregnancies and progress towards an ambition of ending new cases of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.