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.



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;

Best Regards

Detective Constable Matt Albrighton

Victoria Huston

June 13, 2019 - 11:43am


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


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: 

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

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



Mark J Mahoney

November 21, 2019 - 9:09pm

Coming late to this post, I have been concerned that there is little evidence that in the UK, just as in the US, prosecutors or police or defense counsel undersand the role of Asperger's in making young men vulnerable to engaging in behavior that gives rise to arrest, though withut the moral culpability we assume on the part of offenders.  My paper on Asperger's and child pornography, though dated, should be a useful guide to anyone addressing this area.  I have a new paper coming soon that is more up to date in a chaper in a forthcoming book.

I am extremely interested in any information about what is actualy happening with those with Asperger's or autism in any form in the criminal justice context - many child pornography cases, for example, in the UK  do not result in convictions.  Doe this mean that those with ID/DD including autism are being diverted?  Is this systemtic?  Prosecutor policy? At what level? 

I have seen a number of news accounts in the UK  of arcchetypal cases like the autistic person put up to carry drugs, or brought along in what turned out to be a burglary, treated about the same as the typically develped perpetrators who were actualy victimizing the disabled individual.  And I have spoken to defence counsel who have said that the Crowns were uninterested in the fact that the accused had this pervasive developmental disorder. Is that the way it is? 

Mark Mahoney

Buffalo, New York