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Autism and offending behaviour: needs and services

Helen Pearce (Autism Secure Services, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys, NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough, UK)
Thomas Berney (Developmental Psychiatrist based in Sunderland, UK)

Advances in Autism

ISSN: 2056-3868

Article publication date: 3 October 2016




Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) brings out the limitations of the Criminal Justice Service. The purpose of this paper is to review some of the salient issues and their remedies.


A narrative review based on the literature and the clinical experience of the authors.


ASD’s hidden disabilities, even without the frequent coexistence of other disorder, derail the standard responses to offending.

Practical implications

Management of these individuals as offenders depends on awareness of the issues, adaptation and the input of a variety of other services, especially health, social care and employment.


Although this is a very active field of work, there is relatively little written about it.



Pearce, H. and Berney, T. (2016), "Autism and offending behaviour: needs and services", Advances in Autism, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 172-178.



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