Publications

Below are the publications that SOLD have produced. We are working towards developing a comprehensive pack of resources including guidance for professionals, and easy read information for service users which are intended to improve fair and equal access to the criminal justice system. Please use the links for more information and to download them for free.

Imporoving Support for people with learning disabilities - from arrest to court

Improving support for people with learning disabilities

This report collates the feedback from delegates who attended the SOLD conference ‘Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest through to court’, held on 24th August 2016 in Edinburgh.

This event focused on access to support from the point of arrest to the conclusion of the court process. This was partly timed to coincide with the Scottish Government’s review of appropriate adult services, and partly because the SOLD User group had identified it as an important issue.

The conference was fully subscribed and was attended by 92 delegates, all of whom have an interest in the criminal justice system.

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Practice Guide for Support Workers – People With Learning Disabilities in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

Practice Guide for Support Workers – People With Learning Disabilities in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

Our Practice Guide was produced by the Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities (SOLD) network in collaboration with our justice partners. It aims to help support workers from all sectors who find the person with learning disabilities they support, in the criminal justice system.

It provides information about how Support Workers 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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SOLD simplified Criminal Justice Pathway for adult offenders

Simplified Criminal Justice Pathway for adult offenders

This shows the various stages of the criminal justice system in the form of a diagram intended to make that process easier to understand and navigate.

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The Criminal Justice Pathway for People with Learning Disabilities: Challenges and opportunities for change

The Criminal Justice Pathway for People with Learning Disabilities: Challenges and opportunities for change

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.

The report identifies 6 key challenges and the opportunities to address them.

The six key challenges identified are that-

  1. People with a learning disability who are at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system should receive the individual support they need to address their (potential) offending behaviour.
  2. People with a learning disability coming into contact with the criminal justice system should have access to a full range of sentencing options.
  3. There should be Information sharing protocols between different organisations in the criminal justice pathway.
  4. People with learning disabilities have the information and support they need to ensure that they are not dis-advantaged as a result of their disability.
  5. The right to a fair trial of people with a learning disability is protected.
  6. Suitable support is available to people with learning disabilities to help end the cycle of reoffending.

This report was written with the assistance of the network members.  The network also consulted with people with learning disabilities who have experience of the criminal justice system and their views are detailed in the report.

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