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Access to justice for children with and without autism



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The Centre for Language and Communication Science Researchat the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Professor Lucy Henry to discuss their findings on access to justice for children with autism as part of the research seminar series.


‘Registered Intermediaries’ (RIs) are communication specialists who assist vulnerable witnesses (including autistic and non-autistic children) within the justice system in England and Wales.  In a recent study, we assessed: (1) whether RIs increased the quality and volume of children’s evidence; and (2) how children with autism fared compared to typical children over the key stages of mock criminal investigation. Samples of 6- to 11-year-old children (71 with autism, 201 who were typically developing, all with IQs over 69) viewed a staged event and subsequently took part in several phases of a mock criminal investigation: investigative interviews; identification line-ups; and cross-examinations.

This seminar will present the key findings from each stage of the study in relation to both typical children and autistic children, and consider the implications of these findings for the criminal justice system.

About the speaker

Lucy Henry is a Professor of Speech and Language at City, University of London. She obtained her DPhil from Oxford on children’s memory development, and subsequently worked in several University and clinical psychology settings, broadening her research interests to include memory development and executive functioning in children with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Lucy began a programme of research into witness skills in children with intellectual disabilities whilst at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and the current ESRC-funded project on witness skills in children with autism at City has extended that work.

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided. Further information and event timings can be found on our website.

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When and where

12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 18th March 2019

MG25 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom