Autism and Policing
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On this page we have provided links to online resources which may be valuable to autistic people, their family members and criminal justice professionals.

Useful websites for autistic people and criminal justice professionals

The National Autistic Society produces a reference guide on autism for police officers. The most recent edition, updated by Chloe Hocking among others, is available now.

The National Police Autism Association is for officers affected by autism personally and professionally. Their website includes links to best practice in supporting autistic people from constabularies around the country.

Find out more about the role of appropriate adults.

Find out more about intermediaries.

Network Autism is a site for professionals and researchers with an interest in Autism Spectrum Conditions. There is a Criminal Justice discussion board and members group.

Patrick Sims has also published an article which explores how the police can support autistic individuals in police custody.

Mental Health Cop runs a blog about the interface between policing and the Mental Health Act.

The Ann Craft Trust provides training and resources on safeguarding adults including autistic people with learning disabilities who have been victims of abuse in residential homes and other institutional settings.

Ourway Self Advocacy has worked with the police to develop a safe place scheme for disabled adults who are experiencing bullying and harassment in public.

Further academic sources

Our own Nottingham Criminal Justice Research Centre is conducting a range of studies looking at protecting the interests of vulnerable detainees in police custody.

There is a growing body of research both in the UK and internationally into the experiences of autistic people in the criminal justice system.

Autism and Policing

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD