Social justice

Helping neurominorities to move into education, training or employment.

Genius Within is a Community Interest Company, as such social justice is at the heart of everything that we do. We have been supporting neurodiverse/neurodivergent thinkers and individuals with hidden disabilities to find their strengths through employability and criminal justice programmes since 2015, and 40% of our work is carried out in this area.

How we can help

As a specialist provider and end-to-end case manager, we seek to identify the psychological barriers that have prevented clients from engaging in education and employment, and help them to develop strategies to overcome these challenges.

Our team of psychologists and coaches work with clients to understand their strengths and develop person-centred, targeted plans to help them achieve positive outcomes. Support typically includes a blend of one-to-one and group coaching, mentoring and workshops designed to build on their strengths, develop confidence and help them in their search for employment.


At Genius Within, we are actively involved in highly successful DWP, European Social Fund and other employment projects, such as the Work and Health Programme, Connecting Choices, and Intensive Personalised Employment Support. Through these national programmes, we have supported thousands of individuals to access employment and further their career.

Our Employability teams are led by highly skilled team leaders who hold knowledge of the regions in which we work and the local employment trends. They are responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with key local stakeholders such as Job Centre Plus (JCP), Local Authorities, and other supported employment providers.

Criminal Justice

Our team are involved in two projects on behalf of HM Prison and Probation Service, collectively known as CF03.  The projects which support neurodiverse/neurodivergent offenders in the South East and South West, are funded by the Ministry of Justice and European Social Fund. Our case managers support individuals on the CF03 projects and are on hand to answer questions and help adjust materials and screening tools to suit the client groups.

The team is led by our Head of Criminal Justice, Tanya Banfield. Tanya is a psychologist, and has been delivering support directly to offenders in custody for the past 5 years.  She is currently conducting PhD research into the prevalence of Autism amongst offenders.

Programme outcomes

0 3%

of our criminal justice clients who find employment reoffend

0 87%

of clients sustain employment for over 2 years

0 90%

of employability clients progress to actively seeking employment against a target of 30%

Our services for social justice

What our clients say…

“I was very pleased to have Chris. She was able to identify with me, what my strengths are and create strategies for me to try. She was keen to review these and helped me to come up with any adjustments if required. She had a great understanding of how I may struggle with certain things and had a good awareness of a lot of different resources that I could adopt.”

Anonymous client

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