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Criminal Justice ABI Interest Group

Criminal Justice acquired brain injury Interest Group

The Criminal Justice Acquired Brain Injury Interest Group (CJABIIG) was established in January 2011.  It was and continues to be a consortium of representative groups spanning public, private and third sector organisations with the objective of raising the awareness of the significant number of people in the youth justice system with an undiagnosed Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). 

CJABIIG, chaired by Lord Ramsbotham, has matured to be a collaborative lobbying group, driving forward the issue of ABI and offending across Government and the Criminal Justice System. 

The secretariat is provided by UKABIF who organise quarterly meetings. Members update others on the status of their work, joint initiatives and responses are organised and key individuals and organisations in the Criminal Justice System are invited for discussion. 

A vast amount of work has been done in the sector with a great deal of research now available to support the issues faced by people with ABI - links to some of the research is provided below.   

Current Members include:

Lord Ramsbotham (Chair)

Prof Huw Williams  - University of Exeter (Vice Chair)

Prof Nathan Hughes - University of Sheffield

The Disabilities Trust

The Child Brain Injury Trust


The Children's Trust

British Psychological Society


The Ministry of Justice



Repairing Shattered Lives: Brain Injury and its Implications for Criminal Justice
Professor Huw Williams Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research, University of Exeter 

British Psychological Society Position Paper: Children and Young People with Neuro-Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System
March 2015

Nobody made the connection: The prevalence of neurodisability in young people who offend
October 2012
Authors: Nathan Hughes, Huw Williams, Prathiba Chitsabean, Rebecca Davies, Luke Mounce

Infographic: Neurodevelopment and Crime

Traumatic Brain Injury and Offending: An Economic Analysis
Centre for Mental Health, July 2016
Michael Personage

Making the Link: Female Offending and Brain Injury
The Disabilities Trust, 2019

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