This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.

Forensic Services

Forensic services


The aim of all specialist “forensic” services for people with learning disabilities is to ensure the best possible quality of life with the least possible restrictions’ (Kingdon, 2005: 213).

Key Points

  • The nature of the relationship between a learning disability and offending behaviour is significantly influenced by societal conditions.
  • Many people with learning disabilities and a history of offending have spent inordinate amounts of time detained in conditions of security.
  • People with learning disabilities are overly-represented in certain areas of crime, though our understanding of why this may be so is limited.
  • The social background of offenders with learning disabilities is hugely significant as an indicator of the likelihood of a future engagement in offending behaviour.


The Changed Context

The relationship between crime and learning disabilities is a long ...

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