This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
News & Press: UKABIF

Traumatic brain injury in the justice system

26 April 2020   (0 Comments)
Share |

Vice Chair of the Criminal Justice Acquired Brain Injury Group, Professor Huw Williams, has written an article for 'Magistrate' magazine - the publication of the Magistrates Association.

The article, which is attached in full via this link, discusses brain development, brain injuries and their impact and goes on to discuss how people committing crimes have a higher incident of acquired brain injury and are more likely to reoffend.

Professor Williams said, 'Magistrates make up 85% of the judiciary. They sit in criminal, family and youth courts listening to evidence and making decisions. It is therefore really important that they understand acquired brain injury and how it can affect people. It is often a hidden disability and will not always be apparent or even appear in case notes.'

The article notes that courts, police and probation need to work together to reduce the chances of imprisonment for those most vulnerable.  Addressing the therapeutic needs of children, young people and adults in the criminal justice system is crucial. 

The Criminal Justice Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group (CJABIIG) aims to raise awareness of the large number of people in the criminal justice system (CJS) with an acquired brain injury. The group is focussing on the need for better screening in all areas of the CJS and is assisting groups with training and information.

UKABIF is central to CJABIIG's organisation and development providing the secretariat for the group and providing a direct link with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury.

Contact UKABIF
Box 2539, Kemp House, 152-160 City Road
London, EC1V 2NX
0345 6080788
Get Connected

UKABIF is a registered charity number 1128284 and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales Company Number: 6520608. Address of the Company's Registered Office: Box 2539, Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX