Supporting Offenders with learning disabilities Network
A national network committed to improving support for people who have difficulty with communication and understanding, and are at risk of, accused, or convicted of committing a crime. This includes people with learning disabilities, autism, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, acquired brain injury, or other cognitive or neurological impairment. Delivered in partnership with People First Scotland and National Autistic Society.
There are over 350 members of SOLD from a broad range of backgrounds including voluntary sector, Police Scotland, NHS, social work, Scottish Courts, Crown office and procurator Fiscal and Scottish Government.
Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability in police custody
Allan Speirs gives his experience of being a man with learning disabilities in a police interview. Presentation given at Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities event, March 2017.Watch the video
Criminal Justice Pathway
Report from the Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities Network.Find out more
This report seeks to inform and guide local and national planning and practice related to improving support for people with learning disabilities whose behaviour brings them into contact with the criminal justice system and to reduce offending by them.
SOLD is funded by the Scottish Government Department of Community Justice.
- Practice Guide for Support Workers
People with learning disabilities in the Scottish criminal justice system
- The Criminal Justice Pathway for people with Learning Disabilities
An overview of some key challenges and opportunities for change that will help improve support and reduce offending amongst people with learning disabilities in Scotland
- Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability in police custody
Allan Speirs gives his experience of being a man with learning disabilities in a police interview.