Equal and Fair Project

Free Learning Disability and Autism Awareness Training!  

Over a fifth of the people who you work with may have a learning disability or learning difficulty that affects both their ability to cope with the Criminal Justice System and how fairly they are treated.


Would you or your colleagues like to:

  • Increase your knowledge of best practice approaches to working with people with learning disabilities or learning difficulties?
  • Improve your confidence and communication skills?
  • Reduce misunderstanding and reduce conflict?
  • Provide more effective and fair support to people with learning disabilities or learning difficulties?
  • Build better relationships with a broad range of people involved in the Criminal Justice System?
  • Meet your legal requirements under the Equality Act?
  • Help more people to move away from offending?

If so, KeyRing Living Support Networks are delivering learning disability and autism awareness sessions to people who work across the Criminal Justice System as part of the Comic Relief-funded Equal and Fair Project.

The training will be delivered free of charge to people who work in the Criminal Justice System. It lasts 4-6 hours and will be delivered all over the country by an experienced trainer, and a co-trainer with a learning disability, learning difficulty or Autism Spectrum Condition and who has been involved in the Criminal Justice System as an offender.

The sessions will explore: what learning disabilities, learning difficulties, autism and related vulnerabilities are; signs that people may have one or more of them; and how they might affect them. The sessions will also help you to identify and implement more effective communication strategies and approaches.

Wherever possible, session participants will be drawn from similar backgrounds, such as the courts, probation, the police, the prison service, so that the sessions can be tailored to the needs of specific audiences.

This training project builds on successful training previously delivered by KeyRing and supported by NOMS. This time we are seeking to improve the skills and knowledge of a far wider cross-section of people who work in the Criminal Justice System.

If you would like more information please contact Hugh Asher, the Equal and Fair Project Manager, on 07984 078984 or email hugh.asher@keyring.org