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Supporting Autistic People in Secure Hospitals and Beyond

Barnoux, Magali F.L. and Langdon, Peter E. (2022) Supporting Autistic People in Secure Hospitals and Beyond. In: Tyler, N. and Sheeran, A., eds. Working with Autistic People in the Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Systems: A Handbook for Practitioners. Issues in Forensic Psychology . Routledge. ISBN 978-0-367-47828-5. (doi:10.4324/9781003036722) (KAR id:89456)


Around 50% of individuals residing in specialist learning disability forensic services in England and Wales are thought to be autistic. Among these are a small, but significant group of people who require care in a hospital environment under the Mental Health Act (1983, as amended 2007) due mental health problems and associated offending or offending-like behaviours. This chapter outlines some of the characteristics and features associated with this group along with the key factors for consideration in their care and treatment. Interventions, psychological therapies, and behavioural support approaches are discussed, along with some of the factors pertinent to discharge planning and community support provision for this complex and vulnerable group of people.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781003036722
Uncontrolled keywords: autism, criminal justice system, secure hospital, care pathways
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Magali Barnoux
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 09:05 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2023 00:00 UTC
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