In February 2016 Her Majesty's Young Offenders Institute (HMYOI) Feltham became the first prison or young offender institution in the country to be awarded Autism Accreditation. Feltham has been working with The National Autistic Society (NAS) for nearly two years to improve the way they support autistic offenders in custody. The Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation, Andrew Selous, announced the news at a special event at Feltham on 25 February and called on other establishments to follow Feltham’s lead. Read more.

Prison criteria for Accreditation

  • Does the organisation provide evidence that it has a sufficient knowledge and understanding of autism?
  • Does the organisation show a commitment towards increasing knowledge and understanding of autism across the organisation as a whole?
  • Does the organisation provide evidence that its knowledge and understanding of autism informs the organisation, the resources and management?
  • Does the organisation provide evidence that its knowledge and understanding of autism consistently informs the individual assessment and support plans for people with autism?
  • Does the organisation provide evidence of reasonable adjustments made to improve outcomes for people with autism?

What benefits do members receive?

  • International recognition for the work the prison and its staff are doing to improve the lives of and help recognise the complexity of autistic people and their specific journey or life within the prison itself
  • A specialist criteria and standards for the development of prison staff at all levels, to increase not only their level of understanding of autism, but to improve the day to day lives for themselves, the autistic prisoners and in turn other prisoners who it may impact on
  • Access to support from one of our advisors through mutually agreed visits, telephone and online support to guide you
  • The creation of a good working together ethic, bringing together the different departments of the prison with the advisor, to improve working life and understanding between teams
  • A specialist independent peer review of the service you provide by experts
  • Exclusive training for successful applicants, to become peer reviewers
  • Recommendations for how to improve practice through your membership
  • Recognition throughout the Accreditation community for good practice
  • Notification of status on The National Autistic Society Autism Services Directory and Register through the NAS website. 
  • Exclusive invitations to free events with Autism Accreditation members for both criminal justice, education and care providers held throughout the year across the country to find out and learn more about what’s happening elsewhere and listen to experts in the field of autism from a variety of environments. 

The Accreditation process

Download details of the Autism Accreditation process (PDF)

Further information

Contact us to find out more about Accreditation