The National Health Service in Scotland has developed a Fetal Alcohol Harm e-learning resource for all professionals that work with people who may become pregnant, expectant parents, new parents and young children. This includes health professionals as well as teachers, social workers, family support workers, youth workers and foster parents.
The course content was developed by Children in Scotland with input from the child and maternal health team at NES and the Scottish Government Fetal Alcohol harm national working group. The content was transformed into an interactive e-learning resource and the draft resource was tested and piloted by the maternal and child health team at NES and a group of clinical midwives and lecturers
This e-resource is divided into five main sections:
- Understanding fetal alcohol harm
The Prevention section is intended for those working with people before or during pregnancy such as substance misuse and alcohol teams, school nurses, sexual health teams, GPs and midwives. Each section includes headlines, subject matter reading, videos and links to other resources and takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. The whole resource represents around 4 hours of learning.
For more on alcohol and pregnancy discussions in Scotland, check out the work of the non-profit organization Alcohol Focus Scotland and an earlier post Pregnancy, Parenting, and Alcohol resource from Scotland (November 8, 2011). There were also discussions about women and alcohol in Scotland in the news last week. Check out this article which discusses alcohol screening and brief interventions with women in early pregnancy: Pregnant women in alcohol warning after quiz (July 21, 2013).