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Latest version of "Autism: a guide for police officers and staff" published

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The National Autistic Society has released its latest version of their guide for police staff. It aims to help all police officers and staff who may come into contact with autistic children or adults meet their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 (Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Northern Ireland).

The National Police Autism Association contributed to this latest version. 

We'd be really interested to hear about any initiatives to improve autism awareness and understanding amongst police staff in your local areas, and what benefits you've seen as a result of this.

Thanks,

Chris

April 03, 2018 - 10:11am

I am the West Midlands Police force lead for ASD amongst staff members. Whilst relatively new to the role, I am keen to start making a difference to people with ASD who are employed by West Midlands Police force. I am also proposing a study assessing how many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and its associated differences, enter the Criminal Justice System. If any of you have any experiences, and in whatever context I would like to hear from you. The UK Police Forces have a member site known as the NPAA, and this is the website address; http://www.npaa.org.uk/

Best Regards

Detective Constable Matt Albrighton

Victoria Huston

June 13, 2019 - 11:43am

Hi

I work with high risk sex offenders in the community and I am recieving more and more referrals from OMs for people who have Aspegers and Autism. I am looking for some resources or recommended reading. I manage a Circles Project, so we use volunteers to carry out our support. We have access to Autism Awareness Training - but I was looking for something more specific?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Vicky

June 27, 2019 - 1:48pm

Hi Victoria, apologies for the delay in responding.

Our Training and Consultancy team would be a good place to start, they can offer bespoke training: https://www.autism.org.uk/professionals/training-consultancy/consultancy.aspx 

We also have an interview and article by Richard Curen from Respond, an organisation that supports autistic people at risk of sexual offending:

https://network.autism.org.uk/good-practice/case-studies/supporting-autistic-people-risk-sexual-offending 

https://network.autism.org.uk/knowledge/insight-opinion/leaving-secure-environments-interview-richard-curen

They might also be a useful contact for you in terms of learning about their practice.

Thanks,

Chris