The Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities Network (SOLD) is led by a partnership between People First Scotland and the Association for Real Change (ARC) Scotland. Support and guidance for our work comes from a User group of people with learning disabilities who have experience of the criminal justice system, and an Advisory group of professionals and a representative from the User group.

The Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities (SOLD) network was established in response to the Keys to Life, (the 2013 Scottish Government strategy on improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities), recommendation 46:

That a national criminal action group is to be established in 2013, consisting of professionals in this field and working in partnership with people with learning disabilities, to identify challenges and promote opportunities and influence change and to provide support for people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system.

The work of SOLD is funded by the Scottish Government Community Justice Division.

There are over 330 members of the SOLD network from a broad range of backgrounds including: Voluntary Sector Providers, Police Scotland, NHS, Social Work, academic institutions, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Scottish Government and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

Get involved with the SOLD network

If you have a learning disability and experience of the criminal justice system, and you would like to join our user group, please email: Kenny.mckay@peoplefirstscotland.org

Our aims

Reduce offending and improve support for offenders with learning disabilities in Scotland.

The beneficiaries of our work also include people who have other significant communication difficulties, such as acquired brain injury, autism and foetal alcohol syndrome.

SOLD Workplan 2017-18