Two-day, face-to-face course.
This course was for managers, key workers, case managers, clinicians and frontline staff in disability and community services
Note: Many other Disability Justice Project courses built on this course to focus on:
- Young people in the criminal justice system
- Supporting victims of crime with cognitive disability in the criminal justice system
- Transition from prison to the community
This practical two-day course provided participants with the knowledge, skills and contacts they need to be able to effectively support a defendant with cognitive disability in their interactions with police, legal representatives and the courts.
The course was interactive and built on the experience of participants.
Participants learnt about:
- Common pitfalls for people with cognitive disability in the criminal justice system
- Roles of disability support workers when supporting people, to get the best outcomes possible when they are in contact with the criminal justice system.
- Arrest and rights in police custody process
- Role of a support person when a person with cognitive disability is arrested
- Getting a lawyer and working with the lawyer
- NSW court processes and supporting a person with cognitive disability at court.
- Understanding Section 32 Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act, providing evidence and developing a support plan.
- Understanding Apprehended Violence Orders and their impact of people with cognitive disability.
- Understanding and explaining police and court orders e.g. bail, AVO conditions, bonds etc.
- What to do if a person with cognitive disability is going to gaol.
A short online version of this course in also available.
- The following course materials were provided and are available for download:
Navigating the Criminal Justice System – Facilitators Guide (to provide the trainer with how the course was to be delivered)
Navigating the Criminal Justice System – Participants Notes (for the attendees to take away)
- Links to Videos used During the Course: