All criminal justice professionals may come into contact with someone who has autism, particularly police officers, solicitors, barristers, magistrates, justices of the peace, the judiciary and the courts. Here, you’ll find our guide about autism – which is not always easy to recognise – and strategies for dealing with people with autism.

You may also be interested to read our position statement on crime and autism which highlights how misunderstandings can arise if the correct support is not given. 

Our Autism Services Directory lists law firms which have experience of working with, and representing, people with autism. If your solicitors' firm has experience of working successfully with people with autism, please submit your details for inclusion in the Directory.

Also of interest

  • The UK Health, Justice and Learning Disability/Autism Network is aimed at individuals with an interest in people with a learning disability and/or autism who come in to contact with the Criminal Justice System or secure services. 

Join the network

  • Sentence Trouble is a web resource aimed at professionals working in the youth justice system. Supported by the Communication Trust, the SpLD Trust, and the Autism Education Trust, it provides information on communication needs and aims to help professionals support young people with communication needs in the youth justice system.
  • Autism Risk and Safety Management is a website written by Dennis Debbaudt, the parent of a person with autism. Dennis lives in the USA and has much experience of advising and training police there in understanding the needs of people with autism. Figures quoted in articles on the site refer to the situation in the USA only. However, the advice and tips are useful wherever you are living.
  • Planning to question someone with an autism spectrum disorder including Asperger syndrome is a toolkit produced by the Advocate's Gateway that gives useful guidance on effective communication.