Tell us your story

Tell us your story

Autism in the CJS is open for you to share your experience of Autism and the Criminal Justice System.

We encourage you to share your experience before the project concludes in December 2021.

This page explains what you can expect if you decide to get involved with the Project.

What you might want to share

You can tell us as much or as little as you want about what happened to you. You can choose whether to give details such as names, places or dates. 

You will not be questioned, challenged or judged.

Some people have talked about how prison or the courts process has affected them. Others have described how they were let down by people or institutions such as social services or the police, when they told someone what was happening to them. 

Whether you share your experience in writing, by video call, by phone or in person, you can have a dedicated support worker while you are involved with the Project.

If you’d like to share your experience in writing, you don’t need to make an appointment. You decide when and how you want to write about what happened to you.

There are different ways to share your experience in writing:

Fill in our booklet. We can post this to you

Write in the booklet whatever you want to share, and return it to: Conviction, Office One, 1 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.

Fill in our online form – this is similar to our booklet but can be completed electronically. If you would like to use this, email us at [email protected] and we will send you a link.

If you don’t want to fill in a form or a booklet, you can write what you want to share and post it to Conviction, Office One, 1 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL, or email it to [email protected]

Help and support with sharing your experience in writing

If you would like help with filling in the booklet or any of the forms, contact us and we can talk you through it.

Please tell us if you have any other concerns or questions about sharing your experience in writing. If you would like to speak to a support worker on the phone, we will arrange that. 

Your support worker can help you prepare to share your experience. They will also suggest ways to look after your health and wellbeing and offer support for a period of time afterwards.  

You can choose to be heard in a private session – either by video call, by phone or in person. To help protect the health of participants and staff, we have made some changes to sessions in person.

If you choose to share your experience by video call, you can be in a familiar place where you feel comfortable talking. We will agree a time and date with you and we will send details a week before your session of what you need to do. We use the video communication service Microsoft Teams or Zoom and how it works may vary depending on what device or system you are using. Video sessions are run the same way as sessions in person, and a support worker will be available for you. 

If you choose to share your experience by phone, you can be in a familiar place where you feel comfortable talking and the call won’t cost you anything. You will also have a support worker and we can help you think about a suitable place, time and date.

Help and support with sharing by video call or by phone

If you decide to use our support service, you will have your own support worker while you’re involved with the Project.

The support worker will contact you about four weeks before your private session. They will explain what will happen and answer any questions you have. You can have several phone calls with your support worker if that is helpful. If you like, they can join the video call or phone call with you when you are sharing your experience. They can also attend a session in person with you, when these resume.

Your support worker will ask you if you have any needs or wishes that will make you feel comfortable on the day. 

If you don’t want to be contacted by a support worker before your session, let us know. We’ll give you a phone number so you can call us if you have any questions. If at any time you decide you do want to use the support service, you can tell us and we’ll arrange it.

You may want to think ahead about what to say in your session, and you can bring notes to remind you. Your support worker can help you prepare what you want to say.

If you are sharing by video call or by phone, you can have up to two people, aged 18 or over, in the room with you.

If you are sharing in person, you can have one person, aged 18 or over, in the room with you, or waiting nearby.

Alert: Help keep Autism in the CJS running

Did you know? As well as Autism in the CJS, we also run Conviction and the Criminal Justice Hub. They’re all part of Conviction’s mission to help people navigate and have a voice within the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales – but we need your help to keep them running. Donate Now