Improving Communication/ Participation for People with Autism in Police Custody

Karen Templeton- Mepstead

Autism Hampshire

Karen Templeton-Mepstead has worked for Autism Hampshire in a senior management role for 8 years. She has a BA (Hons) in Educational Studies and PRINCE 2.Karen previously worked as a Lecturer for adolescents/ adults with autism and learning difficulties and a pastoral head supporting access to education and reducing isolation. She has developed the Information, Advice and Guidance Department within Autism Hampshire which supports over 11,000 people per yearKaren has led on a number of innovative projects within the criminal justice system and health and social care forum such as the Autism Alert Programme for which she received the Police Project of the Year in 2011. She has also developed the Autism App, Easy Read Custody Sheets and Serendipity Group projects.Karen works in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary as the Hampshire Autism Strategy Lead to support delivery of service to both external and internal groups and has trained front line officers, specialist teams and assisted the Constabulary to set up a support group for staff with autism and to produce the first employee autism strategy.


It is estimated that 20-30% of all offenders in the UK have learning difficulties or learning disabilities [LD] that interfere with their ability to cope within the Criminal Justice System (CJS) (Jacobson, 2008). These... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Karen Templeton- Mepstead (Autism Hampshire)
  2. (Superintendent) Paul Bartolomeo (Hampshire Constabulary)
  3. Sarah Parsons (Southampton University)
  4. Doug Watt (Widgit)

Topic Area

Topics: Practice


V6C » Oral Posters: Comorbidities; mental health and wellbeing; access to healthcare III (10:20 - Saturday, 17th September, Moorfoot Room)