There have been a number of cases over the years of people with autism being wrongly arrested or approached by the police due to their 'unusual and stereotyped behaviour'.
 
Our new 'Autism and the police service' module aims to make the police more aware of autism spectrum disorders and give them a better understanding of autism and ways in which they can offer support to individuals on the spectrum.

A screenshot of the Autism and the Police service module

Difficulties may arise at any stage of communication between the police and someone on the autism spectrum, from the initial approach on the street to the interview process, whether that be as a suspect or as a witness to a crime. The online module will focus on different elements of policing by using case studies, exploring people's experiences in public spaces and offering advice on how to make reasonable adjustments.

 
By the end of the module officers should be able to:
  • understand how autism is defined in law, described by autistic people and defined by clinicians. This knowledge will assist you in recognising signs of autism (although in some cases this can be very difficult)
  • understand the reasons why some autistic people may become involved in criminality, either as a victim or perpetrator
  • understand why someone on the autism spectrum might be vulnerable in police settings
  • identify ways of supporting an individual on the autism spectrum both in the community and at the police station.  

 

CPD Accreditation

  • All of our online training modules are accredited by the CPD Certification Service (the leading CPD accreditation institution) as conforming to continuing professional development principles.
  • Learners will receive a certificate of completion which can be used as verifiable documentary evidence when submitting CPD recording forms.
  • For further information on the CPD Certification service please visit the CPD website.

 

    By providing the police with autism training we hope that police officers will become more confident offering support to people with autism, whether they be a suspect or a victim.

    This module is available for purchase at £25 + VAT. Organisations and large orders will receive a quantity based discount – If you would like to find out about our discounts then please email online.training@nas.org.uk

    Find out more about working with people with autism and the criminal justice system.

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    Contact us

    By email: online.training@nas.org.uk 
    By phone: 0141 285 7117 Option 1, then Option 1 again