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.
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.
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.
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.