Exclusions Survey and FASD - Formal Statement

Published: 13.10.17

Adoption UK would like to clarify why Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder was not specifically referred to in our recent survey on schools and exclusions.
Exclusions Survey and FASD - Formal Statement

At Adoption UK we are aware that many adopted children experience difficulties caused by conditions such as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

However, data on Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is collected nationally according to pre-defined categories of need which do not differentiate between individual diagnoses.

Our survey uses these same categories so that we can collect comparable data. Our intention in this instance is to determine the prevalence of SEND among adopted children in comparison to the population at large, and the effects of that on rates of exclusions. This data is currently not collected by any government body.

From there, we can go on to raise awareness and improve understanding of the range of difficulties faced by adopted children, including FASD and ADHD, and the impact of these on their educational outcomes.

You can complete the survey here.