The Clinical Research Group in Forensic Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CRG-FIDD) was established in 2012 following a successful bid for Mental Health Research Network Funding (MHRN) funding.
The CRG-FIDD aims to further develop and strengthen the research evidence base for patients with intellectual or other developmental disabilities treated within secure / forensic services.
This group of patients often have significant offending histories, or "offending-like" behaviour that has not led to criminal conviction. They experience significant clinical comorbidity, in addition to their primary diagnosis of intellectual disability, and many have experienced deprivation and abuse. There are 48 high, 414 medium and 1356 low secure beds for offenders with intellectual disabilities in England, costing roughly £300 million per year. However, the efficacy of current approaches to caring for this patient group have received little attention within the empirical literature.
The current research interests of the CRG-FIDD are the routine monitoring of treatment outcomes, patient rated outcome measures, typologies within autistic spectrum disorder, use of psychotropic medication and effectiveness of offence specific psychological interventions. Click here for more information.
The Research Group currently includes clinicians and academics from over 10 universities and about 40 service providers from across the UK and abroad. They include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, academics, service users, carers, service managers, commissioners and other professionals. For a detailed breakdown of our membership, please see the CRG-FIDD members page.
The group welcomes new members, whether you are currently engaged in research in this area or otherwise. If you are interested in joining the CRG-FIDD, please contact us.
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