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Autism Informed Practice within the Criminal Justice System CPD

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Course overview

The City Law School and the School of Health Sciences will deliver this CPD course in conjunction with Intermediaries for Justice (IfJ). This CPD course is an introduction to working with individuals with autism. It aims to promote autism informed practice within the criminal justice system. It has been developed for a range of professionals: police, intermediaries, solicitors and barristers. We aim to promote a better working knowledge of autism as a lifelong developmental disability, in order to support practical adaptations to promote access to a fairer justice system for autistic people.

Course Content:

  • Overview of disability and the criminal justice system
  • What is autism: Key features, appropriate terminology and prevalence rates
  • Key facts about communication
  • Introduction to anxiety, trauma and emotional dysregulation
  • Impact of trauma and anxiety on communication and behavioural presentation for individuals on the autism spectrum
  • Vulnerability, autism and the criminal justice system - reasons why some individuals with autism may be more vulnerable to being involved in the criminal justice system, linked to the key features of autism
  • How and why individuals with autism might feel more physically and emotionally vulnerable in police and court settings
  • Explaining the role of the registered intermediary within the criminal justice system - from assessment to court
  • Autism informed practice and preparing for police interview and preparing for court, supporting at trial
  • Practical ideas to reduce anxiety levels and presentations of behaviours that challenge for the individual with autism
  • How to simplify language to promote better communication with an individual with autism
  • How to use visual support to promote better communication with an individual with autism
  • A chance to reflect on how your own individual practice might be adapted to meet the needs of a client with autism

The course is run in the form of a small group workshop with high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas. Prepared slides/handouts guide the process rather than impart information.

The training will involve different ways of presenting information in order to consider people’s different learning preferences and styles.

This course is for IfJ members only and will be delivered by Odina Nzegwu and Esther Rumble. For further information on IfJ and how to become a member, please visit IfJ's website.

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