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 information 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. 

We maintain a list of law firms who have experience of working with, and representing, people with autism and Asperger syndrome. If you would like to recommend your solicitors' firm as having experience of working successfully with people with autism and Asperger syndrome, please complete our online form.

Also of interest

  • 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 Mangement 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.