Genius Within criminal justice support services

We provide peer coaching to offenders in custody and the community, and training for support staff to raise awareness and improve the management of neurodiverse conditions such as Dyslexia and ADHD.

Our case managers work in custody to help neurodiverse offenders overcome barriers to progression and engage in Education provision. We also work in the community and have successfully supported many people back into work following release.

We deliver 1:1 coaching to help neurodiverse offenders develop positive strategies for education and employment.

We deliver initial neurodiversity screening, positive assessments of strengths and full diagnostic assessments for Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.

How we can help with criminal justice

Dyslexia and neurodiversities are over-represented in the offender population (52%[1]) compared to the working population (8%-10%[2])

Genius Within CIC are committed to supporting neurodiverse adults wherever they may be in their life journey and facilitating our clients to achieve their potential.  In July 2015 we  began working in partnership with Shaw Trust and Ixion Holdings, as part of the delivery of HM Prison and Probation Service part funded by the  Co-Financing Organisation and European Social Fund. The project is known as CFO3.

With support and collaboration from our partners within the Shaw Trust and Ixion delivery framework, we will provide mentoring, workshops and targeted support for individuals who are neurodiverse in both custodial and community rehabilitation settings.  These contracts are based on our successful Memory Genius program and include access to positive assessment, our approach to highlighting the strengths of neurodiversity.

Our Head of Criminal Justice, Tanya Banfield is a psychologist, and has been delivering support directly to offenders in custody for the past 3 years.  Tanya is currently conducting PhD research into the prevalence of Autism amongst offenders. We now work in more than 13 prisons, helping neurodiverse offenders to maximise their strengths.

Please contact Tanya Banfield, our Head of Criminal Justice  if you would like further information.






[1] Reported by Professor Amanda Kirby at the British Dyslexia Association Organisational Member’s Day, London, also reported by Professor Snowling in a range of studies.

[2] Based on a study at Chelmsford Prison

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