Consequences for Children Affected by Maternal Drug & Alcohol Abuse


22 & 24 May 2007

Registration and breakfast from 8.45 am

Conference begins at 9.15am and concludes at 4.30pm



Bankside House, 24 Sumner Street, London SE1 9JA (adjacent to Tate Modern)

and Sheffield

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP

How to find Bankside House

Bankside House is in Central London, on the historic south bank of the Thames, adjacent to the Tate Modern and near to the Globe Theatre.

Nearest tube stations: London Bridge, Southwark and Borough

Bankside House is approximately 10-15 minutes from mainline National Rail Stations

For detailed travel information on how to reach Bankside House by public transport, please see Transport for London.

How to find Ponds Forge

Ponds Forge ISC is located extremely close to Sheffield City Centre.

By Train: British Rail, Midland Station. Ponds Forge ISC is less than 10 minutes on foot.

By Bus: The Sheffield Interchange, Ponds Forge ISC is less than 5 minutes on foot.
For timetable and fare information, telephone Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or visit the Travel South Yorkshire website

By Supertram: The Supertram is also a reliable way of getting in and out of the City Centre, and Ponds Forge ISC has its very own tram stop (Fitzalan Square/Ponds Forge), which nearly all routes pass. You can telephone 0114 272 8282 or visit the Supertram website for further information.

By Car: If you are travelling by car, the nearest motorway exit to Sheffield City Centre is junction 33 of the M1. This will bring you onto the Sheffield Parkway and as you continue to head for the city centre, Ponds Forge ISC is sign posted.

Parking: Ponds Forge ISC has 157 car parking spaces of which 10 are allocated to disabled users. The height restriction into the car park is 6’6”. There is a small fee to pay and spaces are on a first come, first served basis.


Consequences for Children Affected by Maternal Drug & Alcohol Abuse
One-day conference

Recent research into the area of children affected by birth mother’s use of drugs and alcohol has shown that this is a serious and increasing contemporary problem. A recent BBC documentary found that there are no reliable figures of the number of children affected, but experts estimate that there are about 7,000 children living in the UK, who were born with lifelong incurable problems caused by their mother’s drinking during pregnancy. Mothers’ drug-taking too is a factor in a significant proportion of care proceedings, often leading to the permanent removal of those children from their birth family. A number of these children are in the looked after population, some will need to be placed with permanent families, or, for adoption.

A range of national and international experts have been assembled for the programme of this conference, to highlight the needs of the children involved and ways in which their long-term needs can be diagnosed. Other speakers will address ways in which these children can be helped, from a multi-disciplinary approach. The speakers represent a range of disciplines, including a Psychologist, Lawyer, Psychiatrist, Paediatrician and a parent.

The course is designed for social workers, lawyers involved in care proceedings, health professionals and those working within the field of drugs and alcohol.

Despite the increasing focus of the risks of drugs and alcohol, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the needs of the unborn child. Delegates would therefore not need any prior knowledge on this topic as the programme aims to heighten this knowledge.

From attending this conference, delegates will be aware of, and understand, the permanent problems for these children and the risks for their future, together with the potential of the legal system to balance these risks, and, ways forward. Delegates should be inspired to disseminate these messages and highlight the risks and permanent problems for these unborn children, of maternal drug and alcohol usage.

* Lawyers and Social Workers gained CPD hours for attending this conference

Keynote speakers

  • Edwina Brocklesby PhD BSc (Econ) CQSW – Director, Parents for Children
  • Susan Fleisher – Executive Director of NOFAS UK
  • Shefalee Loth Msc Public Health Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – Associate Public Health Nutritionist
  • Dr Raja Mukherjee, MBBS, MRCPsych, PDip EPP – Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Mary Ryan – Project Development Consultant, Wells Street Court


£100 (registration before 8 May 2007)

£110 (registration after 8 May 2007)

£45 for families and carers

* 10% discount available for bookings of groups of 3 or more from the same organisation

For more information

Please call Charlotte Lindsell on 020 7520 2880 or email [email protected]

The full conference programme

You can download a copy of the full conference programme, including full timetable, speaker biographies and a venue map here

You can read more about foetal alcohol syndome on the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Aware UK website.

  The complete Parents for Children conference calendar is available here