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Offending Behaviour in People With Aspergers Syndrome

The following is an abstract form the forthcoming seminar from Prof David Allen. There has been growing anxiety in recent years concerning the experiences of people with Aspergers Syndrome within the Criminal Justice System. Previous research presents conflicting views regarding prevalence of offending, types of offending, types of disposal, and potential predispositions to offending. Problems defining Aspergers Syndrome and offending, source and size of sample used, a lack of appropriate comparison group and much overlap between learning disabilities and Aspergers Syndrome research have caused further confusion. This seminar will describe the results of a study concerning offending behaviour in people who have Aspergers Syndrome that was conducted in South Wales. In addition to reporting on prevalence, the study looked at typical offences, patterns of disposal and experiences within both the mental health and criminal justice systems. David Allen is a Consultant Clinical psychologist with Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust. In his current post, he is Head of Specialist Services for the Learning Disability Directorate; in this role, he is responsible for managing the Directorate’s specialist community behavioural teams, acute admission units and continuing healthcare residential services for people with complex behavioural/mental health needs. He also heads up the Special Projects Team, a ten-year initiative to improve local services for people with challenging behaviour, and is External Professor at the Unit for Development in Intellectual Disability, University of Glamorgan.
29 June 2006 19:00 to 20:30
School of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan
Gareth Ball
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