People with learning disabilities are hugely over-represented in the Criminal Justice system, yet often denied their basic rights and appropriate support. Learning disability providers and family carers have often found themselves in the position of being asked to act as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ to someone in custody with no training or expertise.
ARC, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, has now completed a short guide to the Criminal Justice system for people who find themselves in this situation. The guide gives an overview of the system from arrest to prison and probation. It describes the processes involved, people’s rights, what ‘good’ looks like and what to do if things go wrong.
The guide has been launched at a learning event for ARC members and family carers in Launceston, Cornwall on 26 April 2016.
The main guest speakers included a custody officer from Devon & Cornwall Police, and Joy Davenport who heads the Plymouth Appropriate Adult service. The theme of the morning was ‘How to act as an Appropriate Adult with no training.’
This project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.