Patches and The University of Western Australia (UWA) deliver impactful FASD research. PhD candidate Grace Tan, UWA Associate Professor Carmela Pestell, and Patches CEO Dr James Fitzpatrick continue their ground-breaking research into the relationship between early childhood trauma and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
In their recent study, data was collected from 211 Patches assessment Western Australian participants, in order to better understand the early life challenges and trauma experienced by young people with FASD who are engaged with the criminal justice system. Not only does this research enrich our group’s understanding of the embattled life journey of society’s most marginalised youth, it is compelling evidence to support raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years. To view the research article please click here.