Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020: information for supporting people with communication support needs

The Scottish Government has introduced emergency legislation to respond to the situation created by the current pandemic. This includes some changes to procedures in the justice system. If you are supporting a person who might be affected by these changes this brief information may be helpful.

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The Scottish police caution: do individuals with intellectual disabilities understand a verbally presented police caution, and can comprehension be improved?

Researchers at Edinburgh University recently published the above report on the accessibility of the police caution in Scotland.  The research was carried out with a sample of adults with learning disabilities, all of whom had no previous contact with the police, and therefore had not previously experienced the caution.  The report acknowledges that the sample was a relatively small one, and that the results should consequently be treated with a degree of cautiousness.  However, the results are quite striking, and should serve as further warning about the accessibility of the justice system in its entirety. 

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Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities

Criminal Justice Pathway

Report from the Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities Network.

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This report seeks to inform and guide local and national planning and practice related to improving support for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour brings them into contact with the criminal justice system and to reduce offending by them.

Criminal Justice Pathway