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Disability Awareness for Professionals working in the Justice System CPD

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Course overview

This course has been developed for professionals working in the justice system, including barristers, solicitors, youth offending practitioners, Appropriate Adults, social workers, police and psychologists.

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.

Course Content

  • Recent legislation and current position of Ministry of Justice /defendants/family courts/tribunals
  • Definition of areas of disability
  • Statistics repopulation and their specific needs
  • Referral procedures and funding for the use of intermediaries
  • Practicalities of courts (magistrates, crown and youth), wheelchair access, remote access etc.
  • Areas of assessment and suggested methods

The following materials will be provided:

  • Glossary of terms
  • Examples of visuals -materials which may be used to support the vulnerable person
  • Further reading

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the background legislation – Equality Act and the 1999 Youth and Criminal Justice Act.
  • Appreciate the range of needs that vulnerable clients may present.
  • Offer an understanding of some of the following disabilities such as Physical disabilities (e.g. cerebral palsy, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, visual/ hearing impairment), Learning disabilities (mild/moderate/severe), learning difficulties (dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD  and other hidden difficulties), neurodevelopmental disorders (motor neurone disease , multiple sclerosis), and vulnerable elderly (dementia)
  • Understand the role of the intermediary in relation to assisting all parties in the justice process.
  • Understand the pathway
  • Understand how to take referrals and obtain funding.
  • Understand the chain of communication - the various and many steps required.
  • Understand the concept of keywords and information-carrying words.
  • Understand the need for and how to improve skills in simplifying language and putting questions.
  • Recognise the areas of communication needs related to certain disabilities.

(Autism and Mental Health Disorders will be briefly mentioned but a specific CPD day will be offered for both these areas.)

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