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Easy read symbol sheets for use with detainees in custody

It is estimated that 20-30% of all offenders in the UK have learning difficulties or disabilities that interfere with their ability to cope within the criminal justice system. These easy read documents aid offenders understanding of information, procedures, rights and entitlements.

Accessible Information

In an environment which can often be daunting, it can be difficult for people with learning difficulties, disabilities or those who speak English as an additional language (EAL) to access and understand information and procedures.

In order to meet the specific needs of these detainees Widgit were approached by Autism Hampshire and Hampshire Police Constabulary to develop a series of "easy read" symbol sheets for use in custody.

These easy read sheets aim to support detainees during their time in custody, helping them to understand their rights and entitlements.

Know Your Rights Easy Read Custody Sheet


Whats Included?

The Symbols in Police Custody pack contains 19 individual easy read symbol resources to support detainees access to information during the various stages of their time in custody.

The contents of the pack can be adapted to support changes in legislation and protocols.

Our design team can also work with you to include your logo and branding as standard.

Fingerprints Easy Read Custody Sheet


Independent Research

A research project was carried out by the University of Southampton, in conjunction with Hampshire Police Constabulary, to assess the impact of using the symbol sheets. The researchers observed two custody centres in Hampshire Constabulary using the sheets for one month.

Interviews were also carried out with 41 relevant stakeholders. These included magistrates, solicitors, the Appropriate Adult Service, youth offending teams, people with autism and their family members.

Read The Full Report


Ways to Buy

No of Custody Cells Price Per Year*
0-49  £575
50-99  £1,150  
100-199  £2,500  
200-399  £3,500  
400 +  £4,500  

For other organisation and charities such as people supporting youth offenders. Prices start at £50 for a team in a single site. Please contact us for a quote.

All prices are quoted ex VAT

* Minimum term of 3 years which allows for changes to content as legislation and protocols change. Adding of logo and branding for each force buying the custody sheets is included in the pricing.

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By Email: info@widgit.com

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