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Examining the missing voices of disabled people in police custody

Peacock, Donna, Macdonald, Stephen J, Cosgrove, Faye and Podd, Wendy (2021) Examining the missing voices of disabled people in police custody. In: BSC Annual Conference 2021 Crime and Harm: Challenges of social and global justice, June 28th - July 1st, Virtual Conference. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


The role of the Appropriate Adult was established due to a number of miscarriages of justice during the 1970s, in order to protect the rights of suspects considered to be ‘vulnerable’. Appropriate Adult services are now a legal requirement in England and Wales for detained adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities or difficulties who have been detained in police custody. The aim of this project was to evaluate the extent to which disabled adults who are or have been in police custody have been able to participate in the provision of Appropriate Adult services in the UK. The findings of the project suggest that participation is limited, and where it does happen, is often tokenistic. The study concludes by suggesting the application of a social model approach within police custody, to meet the needs of service users and to avoid any miscarriages of justice.

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Depositing User: Donna Peacock


Item ID: 14595

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ORCID for Donna Peacock: ORCID iD
ORCID for Stephen J Macdonald: ORCID iD
ORCID for Wendy Podd: ORCID iD

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Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 15:27
Last Modified: 18 May 2023 09:36