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Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in Police Custody Settings: The importance of screening and intervention

Hutchinson, Patrick, Peacock, Donna and Holland, Clare (2021) Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in Police Custody Settings: The importance of screening and intervention. In: CASS Public Lecture Series, 24th November 2021, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

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People who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are disproportionately found to be subject to Criminal Justice proceedings. Effective communication is key to effective engagement, to accessing support and interventions, and to receiving fair and equitable outcomes. Previous research has shown that there is a need for screening and early interventions for young people who come into contact with the police, in order to reduce rates of reoffending. Based upon quantitative analysis of screening data collected by Liaison and Diversion practitioners in a single UK police force area with an operational Speech and Language Therapist embedded, this research conceptualises police custody as a key gateway to the justice system and a crucial turning point for diversionary practice. The research identifies an urgent need for screening and interventions for adults as well as young people, and for people who have no previous SLCN related diagnosis.

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Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 13:39
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2022 08:33


Author: Donna Peacock ORCID iD
Author: Patrick Hutchinson
Author: Clare Holland

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Centre for Applied Social Sciences
Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences


Social Sciences > Criminology
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