Terms of Reference

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR ‘AUTISM IN THE CJS’ GROUP 

Name of group Autism in the CJS 
Membership and appointment In order to become a member of the Autism in the CJS Group, any potential applicant must make an application through the website, via post, or via telephone. As long as the applicant has some form of involvement and/or association with how those with a recognised diagnosis of Autism are treated and/or affected within the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales, this will be approved. In the unlikely event, that there is a conflict of interest between members or any applications the decision of Conviction will be final.  All applications to become a member of the Autism in the CJS Group will be verified, assessed and a decision made within one month of receipt.  Appointment as a Member is at the sole discretion of Conviction. 
Frequency of meetings and quorum The Group will hold a meeting virtually every six months in which members of the project are free to get involved and join. If the project becomes popular and involvement is high, we aim to offer the opportunity to meet once a year in person at a suitable venue to discuss and plan for the future of the project. 
Record of meetings Meetings will be recorded in the form of written minutes which will available on the website and on the Conviction Intranet. (Public version will be anonymised, and sections removed where deemed appropriate by the wider group and after discussion with the Conviction team.) 
Reporting mechanism A Conviction representative who is actively engaged in the project will report to the board once a year in the form of an Annual Report which sets out the project’s Mission, Aims, Values, achievements, and any relevant financial information relating to campaigning and project spending. 
Functions and delegated authority The role and purpose of the group are limited to an advisory remit only and any final decisions will be made by a representative of the Conviction team with input from its Founding members.  No decisions or actions can be made by the Group, without confirmation from a Conviction representative.  
Aims of the Group The Aims of the Autism in the CJS Group is as follows: – To gather information on the experiences of those who have been involved with the Criminal Justice System and have an active diagnosis or association with someone who is Autistic.  To listen, learn, and share the lived experience of those who have been involved with the Criminal Justice System, both good and bad in an attempt to better inform future policy work in this area.  Establish what could be better for those who are Autistic and have contact with the Criminal Justice System. Collaborate with partner agencies, charitable organisations, and other non-profit movements in order to better understand and promote change for those who are Autistic and have experience or some form of connection with the Criminal Justice System. Speak Out where wrongdoing occurs, actively encourage and support people to report concerns when they arise, and campaign to make the Criminal Justice System a more safe, humane, and accessible service for those with an active diagnosis of Autism. Design, implement and publish useful guidance for offenders, family members, and professionals based on lived-experience and knowledge accrued as a shared collective based on evidence and good practice.  

Page last reviewed: 21 December, 2020

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