EXCLUSIVE: Future strategies for behaviour that challenges

A one-day event, organised by the Prison Reform Trust, University of Leeds, NHS Improvement and the National Autistic Society, was held in London to discuss future strategies for people who have learning disabilities and have committed a sexual offence.

People with learning disabilities and/or autism are some of the most vulnerable people in society. What then about those who have learning disabilities and/or autism and who have committed sexual offences? How do the health, social care and criminal justice systems treat them and how can those services be improved when staff do not even speak a common professional language?

These questions provided the backdrop to a one-day event focusing on behaviour that challenges. It was held in London and saw nurses, social care, the police, probation service, courts, as well as the voluntary sector in England seeking new ways to improve services and enable agencies to work together better, improve access to therapies to help people stop offending and improve


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