Easy read information on attending Magistrates court published

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Attending court can be a confusing and sometimes frightening process and this can be exacerbated if you have a learning disability. This easy read leaflet has been produced by HM Courts & Tribunals Service and the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust learning disability staff to explain the magistrates’ court process to people with learning disabilities.

The information contained in the leaflet has been approved to be used across the country, not just in the local area and is aimed at providing information to all those involved supporting people with learning disabilities through the court process.

It uses a photo story to identify the steps someone due to appear in court may have to go through, explaining the roles of the professionals they might meet. Further information about the leaflet is available from the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Learning Disability Forensic Support Service – email: mick.swinswood@cwp.nhs.uk

Download the Magistrates’ court information leaflet for people with learning disabilities

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After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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