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Publication date: 1 January 2013

Nigel Archer and Elisabeth Ann Hurley

The purpose of this paper is to offer a personal perspective and highlight perceived shortcomings in the criminal justice system (CJS) when people with autism come into…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer a personal perspective and highlight perceived shortcomings in the criminal justice system (CJS) when people with autism come into contact with it; and provide ideas for improvement.

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The first author's work as the Criminal Justice Sector Development Coordinator at Autism West Midlands has given him first‐hand experience in all aspects of the CJS as it relates to autism. The paper highlights the reasons why raising autism awareness is crucial in the CJS and provides a current overview of the present position.

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There is a need for increased awareness of autism in the CJS. Too often people with autism enter the system because of misunderstandings about their condition. Although a few police forces have undertaken autism awareness training, there is a need for further training for the remainder and for the other organisations that make up the wider CJS. Additionally, there are simple and cost‐effective changes or services that could be implemented now, both by the CJS and local authorities, to address the issues but which are not being implemented due to a lack of clear policy and direction from government.

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This paper gives a unique perspective on the needs of people with autism when they encounter the CJS. It highlights the lack of information on how many people with autism encounter the CJS. Furthermore, it explains the impact that lack of autism awareness in the CJS can have on a person with autism.

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Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, vol. 4 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2050-8824

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Fandom Culture and The Archers
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ISBN: 978-1-80262-970-5

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Fandom Culture and The Archers
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80262-970-5

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Publication date: 5 October 2017

Jerome Turner

As the internet has evolved through the emergence of social media, so too have the communicative practices of The Archers listeners. Many of them now use Twitter to…

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As the internet has evolved through the emergence of social media, so too have the communicative practices of The Archers listeners. Many of them now use Twitter to comment, discuss the show or participate in the omnibus episode ‘tweetalong’. Primarily, this chapter recognises the hundred-plus Twitter accounts which have been created by listeners to authentically roleplay characters, organisations, animals and even objects from the show. I frame these practices and ground the chapter in academic discourses of ‘fan fiction’. Reflecting on my own activity as @borsetpolice, I look at the role and place of this fan fiction from the individual practitioner’s perspective but also the wider listener base. In this chapter, I develop an argument that these practices contribute towards the community of listeners online, as well as the show itself. I explore the types of activities and accounts involved, where they often focus around major storylines, and then reflect in detail on the individual’s motivations and practice. I situate this in terms of an opportunity to become involved in an online community that aspires towards everyday rural ideals, and how this can be understood as a significant affective experience for listeners. This need for escapism into ‘banal’ worlds, the desire to participate, and the sense that fan fiction is a game that we take part in are also drawn out as significant.

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Custard, Culverts and Cake
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78743-285-7

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Sociological Theory and Criminological Research
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-85724-054-5

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Publication date: 16 March 2021

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Flapjacks and Feudalism
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-389-5

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Publication date: 16 March 2021

Timothy Vercellotti

Who will lead Ambridge in the years to come? Theories rooted in psychology and political science, when applied to family dynamics in The Archers, allow for some educated…

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Who will lead Ambridge in the years to come? Theories rooted in psychology and political science, when applied to family dynamics in The Archers, allow for some educated guesses. Social learning theory suggests that children who see their parents vote, run for office and participate in other civic activities are more likely to do the same in adulthood. Emma Grundy did just that when she followed in the footsteps of her father, Neil Carter, in winning a seat on the parish council. Previous research has found that birth order also can shape future leaders, with the eldest child more likely to benefit developmentally from parents' undivided attention in the early years, and also more likely to establish a hierarchy of power over younger siblings. With these factors in mind, who are the most probable contenders to lead Ambridge in the spheres of politics, business and civic affairs? The extant research points to Pip Archer, Lily Pargetter, Phoebe Aldridge and George Grundy. The unique circumstances of Ruairi Donovan's childhood suggest he may also be a formidable candidate. And, as is the case in so many contexts, one would be wise not to overlook Molly Button.

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Flapjacks and Feudalism
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-389-5

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Publication date: 5 October 2017

Ruth Heilbronn and Rosalind Janssen

Research suggests that parentally bereaved children are likely to experience lower academic success and may need long-term support through tertiary education. Gender…

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Research suggests that parentally bereaved children are likely to experience lower academic success and may need long-term support through tertiary education. Gender matters — boys bereaved of fathers and girls bereaved of mothers are at increased risk. Boys also exhibit higher levels of emotional and behavioural issues following bereavement. Age is another factor and exam results of children bereaved before the age of five or at twelve are significantly more affected than those bereaved at other ages. Circumstances affecting these achievements concern the relationship between the child’s emotional state and how it plays out in behaviour and motivation in school.

Significantly, Freddie Pargetter, the subject of the chapter, has a twin sister, Lily. The twins had just turned 12 when their father was killed. Comparing the twins’ General Certificate of Education (GCSE) results fits the research patterns — Lily managed well and Freddie did not. Freddie recognises that the academic environment of Felpersham Cathedral School did not support him well and chooses Borchester FE College to continue his studies. This choice raises controversy in the family, indicative of well-rehearsed, real-world educational arguments. Social media responses to other Archers plot lines reveal the extent of how educational issues in the programme resonate with listeners.

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Custard, Culverts and Cake
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78743-285-7

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Publication date: 16 March 2021

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Flapjacks and Feudalism
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ISBN: 978-1-80071-389-5

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