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Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities event

August 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The next Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities (SOLD) event will be held on Wednesday 24th August at Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh. The focus for the event will be:

Improving support for the accused from arrest through to and including the court process.

The event is open to senior professionals from all sectors with strategic level responsibilities, and people with learning disabilities with experience of the criminal justice system.

The event will include input from:

  • Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk
  • Joyce Plotnikoff, Owner of Lexicon Limited, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Registered Intermediaries scheme in England and Wales
  • People with learning disabilities who have experience of the justice system.

The Scottish Government is currently reviewing the provision of Appropriate Adult services. This event will help to ensure that changes to the current provision will address the needs of people with learning disabilities and will provide the support they require to be treated fairly in the Justice system.

This event is an opportunity for SOLD to broaden this discussion.  We will consider the full range of supports that may be required for people with learning disabilities accused of committing an offence not only from the point of arrest, but right through to commencing a sentence.

All information gathered from discussions at the event will be collated into a publication and disseminated widely.  It will also contribute to the consultation process on Appropriate Adult services, and delegates will have the opportunity to share with and learn from each other.

SOLD believes there is an opportunity for the Scottish Justice system to become the world leader for fair access to justice for people with learning disabilities.

The event is free to attend.  We anticipate a high demand, so places are limited to a maximum of two people from each organisation.

To reserve a place please email:

[email protected]

Or telephone (0131) 663 4444

Please follow the link below to the SOLD web site.  The short film shows a group of members of the SOLD Network discussing some of the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system:

Click here to access the SOLD website


August 24, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Norton Park Conference Centre
57 Albion Rd
Edinburgh, EH7 5QY United Kingdom
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