The Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) & The Criminal Justice Systems – Level 3 Course is designed to increase awareness of the predisposition to criminal behaviour of someone with FASD.

This course can be beneficial to professionals working in this area or with family members who hold an interest in this subject, and can and help the student to develop increased understanding of the issues and the possible responses and interventions.

This course assumes previous knowledge of FASD together with the primary and secondary disabilities that can be caused by FASD. The course is focused around FASD but students should also consider ARND and ARBD as being associated problems.

With these 3 conditions there will be a range of physical and mental effects including behavioural and learning difficulties which can have lifelong implications to the individual.

This course also covers the secondary behaviours associated with FASD which may cause the individual to be more likely to break the law more frequently than someone unaffected by FASD.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: FASD – A Predisposition to Criminal Behaviour

The following topics are covered: Behaviours associated with FASD; FASD – A Predisposition to Criminal Behaviour; Secondary Disabilities in the Absence of Intervention; Supported Services; Offender Pattern; Mistakes made in the Criminal Justice System; and Pre-trial Issues and FASD.

  • Unit 2: Assisting an Individual with FASD Through the Legal Process

The following topics are covered: Legal Responsibility and Competency; Investigation and Pre-trial; The Trial; The Testimony of a Person with FASD; Assisting the FASD Individual in Court; FASD and the Individual in Custody; Court Recommendations; Competency Evaluation; Management of FASD within the Court System; and Sentencing.

  • Unit 3: Management of FASD Within the Criminal Justice System

The following topics are covered: FASD – Criminal Justice System; Creating an External Brain; and FASD and Sexual Deviancy.


Students require a prior knowledge of FASD together with the primary and secondary disabilities caused by FASD. We would recommend completing the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) Course if you have not got this knowledge.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.


When you have completed the course, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of the Workbook and completed all of the Activities and Self-Assessments successfully. The completion certificate at the end of the workbook must also be signed and dated by your tutor.

Upon verification of the workbook activities, Self-Assessment questions and assignments, a nationally accredited certificate will be issued by the Awarding Body.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a FASD & the Criminal Justice System Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual's Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards' endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements.

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