Community Care's A Fair Hearing: Justice for People with
Learning Difficulties campaign has put the treatment of people with
learning difficulties in the criminal justice system firmly on the
A total of 139 MPs have signed the campaign Early Day Motion
calling for a range of improvements in the treatment of defendants
and witnesses with learning difficulties.
At a Community Care parliamentary briefing earlier this month,
MPs heard how the Crown Prosecution Service has refused to take
offenders to court in cases when the victim is a person with
A petition, signed by more than 11,000 Community Care readers,
demanding action from the government is to be handed to Home Office
minister Alun Michael this week.
The minister told the briefing that people with learning
difficulties would be included in the government's
interdepartmental review of the criminal justice system, which is
expected to report in spring.
Community Care is holding two workshops to help managers and
practitioners achieve justice for people with learning difficulties
in the criminal justice system.