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Autism and the Criminal Justice System

Date - Wed 19 Jul 2017

Time - 2.15 pm

Duration - 2 hours and 45 minutes

Cost - free

Disabled access? - Yes

Venue - Gilbert 1, Peel Park Campus, University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT


Project Launch Event

Event details

Given that there are a number of studies suggesting that the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is higher in the prison population when compared to the general population, it highlights the urgent need for more prisons to gain Autism Accreditation and for further research to gain more of an understanding the specific needs of inmates with ASD and prison staffs knowledge of the disorder.

Recognising the importance of research in this field, Dr Clare Allely (School of Health Sciences) and Dr Toni Wood (School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science), have combined their expertise in a unique project with the aim of increasing our understanding of what areas could be improved on and, crucially, to assist in the development of a toolkit for prison staff in order to try and increase the identification, recognition and understanding of ASD within the prison environment.

However, it is important to highlight that the experience of individuals with ASD and the understanding of this condition is needed across the whole criminal justice system, not just the prison environment. This project will also investigate ASD in the context of police interactions; custody; the courts, high secure psychiatric hospitals; probation and community services.

Keynote address: Dr Clare Allely and Dr Toni Wood. Welcome, introduction and project outline.

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Russell Pengelly, coordinator from City of London Police talking about the National Police Autism Association
  • Jon Betts, Detective Superintendent, Head of Criminal Justice & Custody, Cheshire. Constabulary HQ
  • Gail Spruce, Inspector, Custody Inspectorate, Criminal Justice and Custody Branch.
  • Clare Hughes, Criminal Justice Manager from the National Autistic Society.
  • Pia Sinha, Governing Governor, HMP Risley.
  • Kathryn Bruderer, Equality Manager National Probation Service – North West Division.