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Practice Guide for support staff: people with communication support needs in the Scottish criminal justice system

This is the second edition, updated from October 2017. It has been produced by SOLD in consultation with partners in Police Scotland, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scottish Prison Service, NHS, Law Society of Scotland, Scottish Legal Aid Board, Social Work, Independent Advocacy and the voluntary sector.The guide aims to help support staff working with a person with communication support needs who find themselves in the criminal justice system. It provides information about how they can make a well-informed, constructive contribution, which is valued, not just by the person they support, but also by partner professionals in the criminal justice system.

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Harmful sexual behaviour and young people with additional support needs

The first of two interconnected events took place on Monday 4th February at Norton Park Conference Centre in Edinburgh. Both events focus on the subject of harmful sexual behaviour and young people with additional support needs, and exploring inclusive strategies for prevention and early intervention. These are being organised in partnership between SOLD, the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, and the Scottish Transitions Forum.

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Practice Guide for support staff: people with communication support needs in the Scottish criminal justice system

The SOLD user group have produced a series of easy read guides aimed at people with learning disabilities. The guides cover different aspects of the criminal justice system in Scotland and draw on the members’ own experiences. However, it should be remembered that not every person with a learning disability is able to use Easy Read.

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Appropriate Adults Consultation Event

SOLD supported the Scottish Government to co-host a workshop as part of their consultation on Appropriate Adult services in Scotland. The event was aimed specifically at people with learning disabilities and autism. We wanted to hear about people’s experiences of Appropriate Adult support, and their ideas for making it better in the future.

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Forensic Network Clinical Forum: Intellectual Disabilities

SOLD have been invited to present at the next meeting of the Forensic Network’s clinical forum, focusing on intellectual disabilities.We will be speaking about the various guidance documents that we have produced, and continue to produce, as we work towards our aim of producing a comprehensive pack of resources for both service users and professionals.

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