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Supporting autistic women in the criminal justice system

Clinks supports voluntary sector organisations working within the criminal justice system (CJS) in England and Wales. They recently published a case study of the work that the St Giles Trust have been doing in supporting autistic women when leaving prison.

The case study highlights research suggesting offenders are more likely to have learning disabilities or mental health problems than the general population. It explores the difficulties an autistic person may experience when in prison and also when they are released.

The St Giles Trust project’s aims were to reduce re-offending and support independence amongst a group of autistic women leaving prison, including those without a diagnosis. One of the project’s key objectives was to increase awareness and understanding amongst staff in the CJS, and they published a guide for autistic women and professionals around autism support and accessing diagnosis.

The article includes a case study of an autistic woman who at the time of her offence was undiagnosed and there was concern about her mental health. After having an official diagnosis of autism and with support from the St Giles Trust project, her mental health has improved and her risk of re-offending has reduced.

Click here the read the full case study

Date added: 20 October 2016