Better support needed: neurodiversity in the CJS

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The government has been urged to develop more coordinated and effective support for people with neurodivergent conditions – including autism, traumatic brain injury and learning difficulties and disabilities – in the criminal justice system.

 A report by three criminal justice inspectorates says better assessment, treatment and support could “help break the cycle affecting too many: of crime, arrest, court, prison, probation and reoffending.”

The report makes recommendations around things like collaborative working, co-production, adjustments and training.

KeyRing worked with the Working for Justice group to gather their lived experience of the criminal justice system and fed this into the report. Members of this group have learning disabilities, autism or both and have experience of the criminal justice system as suspects, defendants or offenders.

We have also created an easier to read overview. You can see all versions of the report.on the HMICFRS website.

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