Links to Organisations

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss offers a range of services and provides information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

The Advocate’s

The Advocate’s Gateway gives free access to practical, evidence-based guidance on vulnerable witnesses and defendants. Their Toolkits are now widely consulted.

Afasic supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Association of Sign Language

ASLI aims is to raise awareness of sign language interpreting within the Deaf and mainstream communities; and to lobby government and regulatory bodies in order to achieve high levels of recognition and provision.

Autism Hampshire –

Autism Hampshire, in partnership with Hampshire Police, launched the Autism Alert Programme 2008.

Autism: A guide for criminal justice

This practical guide, published by The National Autistic Society and endorsed by ACPO, is for all criminal justice professionals who may come into contact with victims, witnesses, suspects or offenders on the autism spectrum.

The Box Training}

The Box: What’s it like to be inside?’ a Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists training program, includes a link to free resources relevant to SLTs and non SLTs. The image of a box over a head was designed to help people think about what a communication difficulty might look like if it were visible.

Books beyond Words –

Books beyond words is a provider of books, services and training for people who find pictures easier to understand than words.

There is an app where you can access some of the pictures in the books for free. You can sign up for the free app here which has limited content or for £29.99 per year you can unlock the version with access to an entire library of 1900 pictures and 400 short stories.

You can also pay to get full access to all the books.

British Institute of Learning Disabilities

BILD promotes better quality of life, choices and social inclusion for those who have a learning disability. They spread good practice through training and qualifications, events and conferences, books and journals, as well as information provided to their members.

Charles de Lacy, Mental Health Specialist –

Charles de Lacy, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Mental Health Liaison Scheme

Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH .


Childline helps children and young people 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It offers a confidential phone service to children and young people.

Communication Matters

Communication Matters is a UK-wide organisation committed to supporting people of all ages who find communication difficult because they have little or no clear speech. This site provides information on methods of communication, called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which can be used to supplement the more usual methods of speech and writing.


The Communication Trust is a coalition of almost 50 not-for-profit organisations supporting the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people in England. Communication Trust also works collaboratively and collectively with Government and civil society to ensure positive outcomes for children and young people.

Council for Disabled

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to other parts of UK. It aims to influence Government policy, works with local agencies to translate policy into practice; and produces guidance on issues affecting the lives of disabled children.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities provides information about issues affecting the lives of people with learning disabilities, including publications, workshops and conferences. It also funds research and service projects.


I CAN is the children’s communication charity. It runs schools and employs experts who help children develop speech, language and communication skills.


The International Investigative Interviewing Research Group is a worldwide network of interviewing professionals, working tirelessly with national and International bodies committed to improving investigative interviewing and ensuring all improvements are underpinned by a robust evidence base.

IT Hare –

IT Hare provides a comprehensive online guide to software accessibility resources to assist with a range of disabilities.

Just for Kids

Just for Kids Law aim to be the UK’s leading experts in youth justice law, sharing their knowledge and expertise and driving systemic change through strategic litigation and policy reform. They deliver holistic, client-led support to children and young people through their innovative, community-based legal representation, advocacy and opportunities programme.

KeyRing works with the Criminal Justice System to help offenders with a learning disability. Its vision is for vulnerable people to be at the heart of their community, sharing their skills and talents for everyone’s benefit. KeyRing exists to improve the life chances of its members.


Lexicon provides consultancy, research and training services to public and private organisations working in the justice system. It undertakes projects in criminal, civil and family jurisdictions and its clients include government departments, professional bodies, major charities and leading companies.

Liberty and Human

Liberty is a campaigning organisation with 80 years of expertise whose aim is to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone. They promote the values of individual human dignity, equal treatment and fairness, as the foundations of a democratic society.


Mencap is the voice of people with a learning disability, working with them to change laws and challenge prejudice; and supporting them to live their lives as they choose. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their families and their carers.

Mental Health –

Mental Health provides online manuals including:

  • DSM-V Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • CD 10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders

Mental Health Law in England &

Mental Health Law in England & Wales is the internet resource on mental health law in England & Wales. It is primarily for mental health practitioners; and anyone can contribute.

Mental Health of People in

Mental Health of People in Prison includes consultation documents on:

  • management of mental health problems in people with learning disability
  • identification and management of mental health problems in prison

National Association for the Care and Resettlement of the

Nacro is the crime reduction charity, dedicated to reducing crime and re-offending in communities across England and Wales. They design and deliver programmes that equip people with the skills, advice, attitude and support they need to move their lives on and move away from crime.

National Autistic

National Autistic Society provides information about autism – which is not always easy to recognise – and strategies for dealing with people who have autism. Criminal justice professionals including police, solicitors, barristers, magistrates, the judiciary and the courts may come into contact with someone who has autism.

National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deaf Blind

NRCPD regulates communication professionals who work with deaf and deaf blind people. Their role is to safeguard the well being and interests of people who rely on those professionals.


National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has over 40 centres which offer a combination of services to children, families and professionals. They also provide therapeutic assistance to help children move on from abuse.

Prison Reform

Prison Reform Trust is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. Their aim is to do this by examining the workings of the system, informing prisoners, staff and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform.

Rehab 4

Rehab 4 Alcoholism is a free and impartial helpline for people troubled with drug and alcohol issues. Rehab 4 Alcoholism aims to save lives by stopping addiction before it becomes too late.

Rehab Recovery –

Homelessness and Addiction – An article detailing homelessness and addiction by Oliver Clark at Rehab 4 Addiction


RNIB is a charity which supports people with sight loss. They provide a range of information for blind or partially sighted people and their supporters, including news of fund raising and events.

Scope is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. They provide information for children and adults who have a physical impairment, learning disability or any other condition; and also for their carers and professional supporters.

Sense is a national charity supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind. Deafblindness refers to a combination of sight and hearing impairment which causes difficulties in a range of areas including communication, access to information and mobility.


Talking Mats is a social enterprise whose vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them. Their innovative, award-winning communication tool is based on extensive research and was designed by Speech and Language Therapists.

Victims and Witnesses: Crown Prosecution

CPS put championing justice and defending the rights of victims fairly, firmly and effectively at the heart of all they do.


Victim Support is an independent charity whose services are available whether or not a crime has been reported to the police. They are available to help anyone affected by crime, not only victims and witnesses but also friends, family and any other people involved.

Women’s Aid/ Domestic

Women’s Aid supports a network of over 300 dedicated specialist domestic violence services across the UK. It is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

You & Co – Victim Support –

You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. You do not have to report the crime to the police to get support from us.

Young offenders – Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists –

RCSLT is calling for the communication needs of young people in the justice pathway to be met in an efficient, adequate and timely way. Their campaign is titled ‘Locked up and locked out: communication is the key‘. At least 60% of young people in the justice system have a communication disability. Improving the skills in offenders by providing targeted speech and language therapy significantly reduces the risk of re-offending.