CRG 35/14-15: Developing Diversionary Pathways for Indigenous Youth with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): A Three Community Study in Western Australia

This research examined justice interventions for Aboriginal young people suspected of having Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and related disorders. It responded to the specific concerns of Aboriginal community members and justice professionals in the West Kimberley that increasing numbers of Aboriginal youth were displaying symptoms of FASD and becoming enmeshed in the criminal justice system. This study explored and mapped out diversionary alternatives and law reform options that will equip courts and multi-agency teams, partnered with Aboriginal community-owned and managed services, to construct alternative pathways into treatment and support. The research was undertaken in three locations in remote Western Australia: Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing.