Autism: a guide for police officers and staff
Added: 01/12/2020 Category: Diversity, Professionalism
Autism affects more than one per cent of the population. You are therefore highly likely to encounter someone who is on the autism spectrum at some point in your policing career. This might include autistic people who aren’t yet diagnosed. This guide provides background information about autism and aims to help all police officers and staff who may come into contact with autistic people meet their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 (Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Northern Ireland), Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Northern Ireland Order 1989) and the Mental Health Act 1983 (Mental Health Northern Ireland Order 1986).
Shut Out: The experiences of LGBT young people not in education, training or work
Added: 26/02/2020 Category: Diversity
Despite the progress we’ve made in recent years, growing up can still be incredibly tough for many young people who are lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT). In 2017, School Report, Cambridge University research for Stonewall, found that nearly half of LGBT young people are still bullied at school simply for being who they are. If we want every single young person to grow up free to be themselves, we need to work harder to remove the barriers that hold young people back from reaching their full potential.
The detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism
Added: 23/10/2019 Category: Diversity, Youth Justice
We regard ourselves as a civilised society with a respect for human rights. Most people would say we should take extra care to support young people and those who are disabled. But the brutal truth is that we are failing to protect some of the most vulnerable young people – those with learning disabilities and/or autism. And indeed, we are inflicting terrible suffering on those detained in mental health hospitals and causing anguish to their distraught families. The recent BBC Panorama programme showing taunting and abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall exposed the horrific reality for some.
Language that cares – Changing the way professionals talk about Children in Care
Added: 01/03/2019 Category: Diversity, Professionalism
Language That Cares is a collaborative effort led by TACT that aims to change the language of the care system. Language is a powerful tool for communication but sometimes the way that it is used in social care creates stigma and barriers for understanding. Language is power, and we want children and young people to feel empowered in their care experience.