Neurodiversity and Criminal Justice

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Dyslexia and neurodiversity are over-represented in the offender population (52%[1]) compared to the working population (8%-10%[2]).

Genius Within CIC are committed to supporting neurodiverse adults wherever they may be in their life journey, and facilitating our clients to achieve their potential.  From July 2015 we have begun working in partnership with the Shaw Trust and Ixion Holdings, as part of the delivery of the National Offender Management Service, part funded by the  Co-Financing Organisation and European Social Fund. The project is known as CFO3.  We operate in over 12 prisons in the England at the present time.

We provide positive assessments, mentoring, workshops and targeted support for individuals in custody and within community rehabilitation settings who are neurodiverse.  These contracts are based on our successful Memory Genius pilots and include access to positive assessment, our approach to highlighting the strengths of neurodiversity.

Our Head of Social Inclusion, Fiona Barrett, is an experienced Senior Probation officer and leads the NOMS CFO3 team, as well as leading the delivery and development of further projects in Criminal Justice and Social Inclusion.  Please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

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[1] Based on a study at Chelmsford Prison

[2] Reports vary – 8% reported by the Rose Report (1999) and 10% reported by the British Dyslexia Association