Evidence review on neurodiversity in the criminal justice system

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has asked HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Probation to conduct an independent evidence review on neurodiversity in the criminal justice system (CJS). HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services is supporting this work.

The review has been commissioned by the MoJ as part of its commitment that everyone who encounters the CJS is treated fairly, including people with neurodiverse conditions. The findings from the evidence review will help the MoJ to develop effective policy to improve awareness of neurodiversity in the CJS. This will give staff the confidence and knowledge to support those with neurodiverse needs, and help them take part in all elements of the CJS, with the overarching aim of providing better access to rehabilitation and reducing reoffending.

There are four strands to the work: a call for evidence, a series of round-table events, consultation with practitioners, and feedback from those involved in the CJS. We plan to publish a report of our findings in summer 2021.

We are using a broad definition of neurodiversity to refer to the group of conditions that fall under the wider category of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). These include learning difficulties and disabilities (LDDs).

The first stage of the work is a call for evidence. We are asking for evidence about the following:

  • screening to identify neurodiversity among those involved with the CJS
  • adjustments that have been made to existing provision to support service users with neurodiverse needs
  • programmes and interventions which have been specifically designed or adapted for neurodiverse needs
  • training and support available to staff to help them to support service users with neurodiverse needs

If you would like to submit evidence, please download the information sheet and submission form. The call for evidence closes on 15 January 2021.

If you are unable to use the submission form, please let us know and we will try our best to offer an alternative format.

Information sheet (128 kB)

Submission form (139 kB)