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People with FASD can be classed as vulnerable within the criminal justice system.
National FASD has created a card that can be printed out and carried by people with FASD.
People with FASD should rehearse saying these words, “I am a vulnerable person, please let me show you my card.”
People with FASD may have difficulty understanding their legal rights but may deny this, instead saying that they do understand.
They should not be interviewed without an appropriate adult and solicitor who understand FASD.
The solicitor should arrange for assessments to be completed, in order to give a more accurate picture of their functional ability as IQ does not show this:
They will need and should ask for support from a ‘liaison and diversion practitioner’, who should be FASD-trained, who can help them through the system by arranging adjustments.
by Yvonne Garside
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