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A new documentary will be broadcast tonight (03 March 2015) on ITV1, which will investigate the challenges facing those affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). 

“Exposure: When Pregnant Women Drink” is the latest documentary in ITV’s popular ‘Exposure’ series, and tonight’s programme will see Ranvir Singh interview a range of professionals and families about the true impact of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. It is estimated that one in 100 babies are born in Britain each year suffering from brain damage which has been directly caused by extreme pre-natal exposure to alcohol. 

The programme will follow four families who have been affected by FASD including five-year-old James, 11-year-old Stanley, 17-year-old Jade and 26-year-old Lee. Each of whom have experienced numerous challenges as a result of their conditions including learning difficulties, communication issues, hyperactivity and anger. 

Ranvir will also meet with pregnant women from across the country to determine what they have been told about safe guidelines relating to drinking during pregnancy. Current UK guidelines suggest that women should abstain from drinking completely within the first three months of pregnancy, and then should drink no more than one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week. 

With the growing awareness of the range of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, health and social care practitioners are having to pay more attention to these complex issues in order to provide earlier access to the necessary support and resources required for those in need. Unlike many other conditions, the majority of those suffering from FASD may not have visible symptoms, making diagnosis and support much harder. 

Health and social care practitioners can learn more about the necessary skills required to work with those affected by FASDs during the next training course offered by Sanctuary Training, which will take place in June. The company recently held it’s first dedicated FASD course for social care practitioners which was a huge success, with delegates describing it as “informative”, “interesting” and “extremely useful”.

Exposure: When Pregnant Women Drink” will be shown at 9pm tonight on ITV1. 

Will you be watching? Let us know what you think by tweeting us @SanctuarySW 

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