Supporting Offenders with learning disabilities Network

A national network committed to improving support for people with learning disabilities , or other significant communication difficulties, who are accused or convicted of committing a crime. Delivered in partnership with People First Scotland.

Aim

To improve support and reduce offending for offenders with learning disabilities, or other significant communication difficulty.

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Aim

To improve support and reduce offending for offenders with learning disabilities, or other significant communication difficulty.

Members

There are over 350 members of SOLD (Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities) from a broad range of backgrounds including voluntary sector, Police Scotland, NHS, social work, Scottish Courts, Crown office and procurator Fiscal and Scottish Government.

Partnership

SOLD is delivered in partnership with People First Scotland who ensure the voices of people with learning disabilities guides and informs the work we do.

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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.

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Criminal Justice Pathway

Report from the Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities Network.

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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.

Criminal Justice Pathway

Funded by

SOLD is funded by the Scottish Government Department of Community Justice.

The Scottish Government

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