The reports details the problems people with intellectual disabilities face at all stages of their involvement with the criminal justice system; including lack of knowledge and expertise with this client group, issues with communication, and having their needs identified and met. Practical recommendations are provided to enable non-specialists to better understand the needs of this group and how best to support them, and when to involve specialist services. It makes recommendations about the need for training of professional groups in intellectual disability, and the importance of strategic commissioning to ensure the full range of secure in-patient services are available for those who require in-patient treatment can be treated in the least restrictive setting and as close to home as possible. The report emphasises the need for outcome-based research on the care pathways of these individuals.
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