Youth Justice - families

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The National Autistic Society (in partnership with the University of Kent), would like to invite you to take part in our online survey about young autistic people's experiences or concerns with being involved in the criminal justice system.

Am I eligible to take part?

You can take part if you:
  • Are a relative (e.g., parent, carer, sibling, spouse) of an autistic person who has been involved, or has had concerns about being involved, with the criminal justice system when aged 25 and under.
The first few questions will focus on diagnosis and early concerns about having contact with the police.

Depending on your experiences, the survey will direct you to questions about involvement with the police, being in court and probation or prison. We will not ask you to give details of any offences or criminal charges, just the circumstances around them and what support was received or needed.

If you have had bad experiences in the past, it may be distressing to think about these topics.
If you feel distressed, please close the survey. You may find it helpful to talk to someone about how you feel: 
  • Our Help and Support advice page offers information and advice. https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/help-and-support.
  • Mind, the mental health charity, offers information and advice. Call 0300 123 3393, or email: info@mind.org.uk, or text: 86463. 
  • Samaritans are always open and are there to listen. Call free on 116 123. 

The survey is anonymous and should only take 20 minutes to complete, but there is no time limit. You will be able to save your responses and return to the survey if you wish.

The answers you provide when completing this survey will only be used by the National Autistic Society and the University of Kent, for the purposes of research and analysis. This, in turn, will help inform our campaigns and future work.

Any data you submit – including personal information - will be kept safe and deleted after use. See www.autism.org.uk/privacypolicy for further details.