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People with Learning Disabilities and the Scottish Criminal Justice System

DescriptionGuide about people with Learning Disabilities, including those on the Autistic Spectrum, who come into contact with the Scottish Criminal Justice System, associated services, information and resources
Official Print Publication DateAugust 2011
Website Publication DateAugust 08, 2011


ISBN 978 1 78045 159 6 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 11531

Dr. Keith Bowden, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Forth Valley
Dr. Fergus Douds, Consultant Learning Disability Psychiatrist, The State Hospital
Yasmin Simpson, Forensic Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Fife

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About this Guide

1. What is a Learning Disability?
Some other important facts about learning disability
What about people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder ( ASD)?
How can you tell if someone might have a learning disability?
Communicating well with people with a learning disability
2. The same as you? and Rights
3. Learning Disability and the Criminal Justice System
4. Information about and for the Police Service
5. Information about and for Prosecution and Defence
6. Information about and for Court Staff
7. Information about and for the Criminal Justice Social Work Service
8. Information about and for the Prison Service
9. Information about health and social work services supporting people with a learning disability
Community Learning Disability Teams
Specialist Secure In-patient/Hospital Facilities
Local Authority Services
10. More Information and Resources
11. Organisations and Services