Enabling young people with Autism to stay safe and raising awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) within the Justice System – A model of best practice

Christine English

Autism NI

Autism NI is Northern Ireland’s main Autism Charity. Formed in 1989, the Charity seeks to ensure that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their carers have access to appropriate services, enabling people with Autism to become valued members of the community. Christine English is the Development Officer in Autism NI. Her main role within the organisation is to develop and facilitate Autism training courses to parents, family members and professionals in a wide variety of topics and issues relating to Autism. In the past, Christine has facilitated youth groups and mentoring programmes for young people with Autism, and worked within an early intervention programme for families who have a young child with Autism.


The majority of individuals with ASD are law-abiding citizens (Frith, 2003). However, some people with Autism may be more vulnerable to criminal acts being committed against them or may come into contact with the Justice... [ view full abstract ]

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This three year project was facilitated by Autism NI and funded by The Big Lottery Reaching Out Empowering Young People Fund. [ view full abstract ]


  1. Christine English (Autism NI)
  2. Roy McConkey (University of Ulster)

Topic Area

Topics: Practice


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