Learning package: Disability Matters for youth justice (July 2016)

Learning package: Disability Matters for youth justice (July 2016)
Summary: Co-developed by disabled children, family carers and disability professionals, Disability Matters is a free online learning programme offering a range of modules for professionals in the youth justice system who come into contact with disabled children and young people under the age of 25yrs.

Working closely with the Sunderland Youth Offending Team the consortium have now developed a specially tailored free e-learning package called Disability Matters for Youth Criminal Justice.

The short e-learning package provides a helpful starting point for all legal professionals working with the new AssetPlus framework. The topics were chosen to support the addition of the following areas to the tools:

  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Neurological Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Autism


The package also aims to help professionals develop their confidence and ability to communicate effectively with young disabled people across a range of situations and settings.

Development of the Disability Matters e-learning content was funded by the Department of Health and Health Education England and developed by the Royal College of Peadiatrics and Child Health in conjunction with a consortium whose members included the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Contact a Family and the Council for Disabled Children.