Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institute (HMYOI) Feltham in London recently became the first prison in the world to be awarded Autism Accreditation, after working with us to adapt its national accreditation programme to the prison environment. Our charity’s work helping HMYOI Feltham in London to improve its work with autistic prisoners was recognised by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. We were jointly awarded the Sternberg Clinical Innovation Award with our project partners Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, and HMYOI Feltham.

The project involved developing and implementing standards across the prison to improve the identification and support of autistic people at Feltham. Although the exact number of autistic people in UK prisons isn’t known, they currently represent 4.5% of the population at Feltham.

We are now hoping to roll the programme out more widely, by working with other prisons and young offender institutions to improve autism practice, and ultimately lower re-offending rates.

Read full coverage of this story on the NAS website and in OT magazine.