Intellectual Disability Rights Service and NSW Council for Intellectual Disability – The Framework report

In 1999 the Law and Justice Foundation provided a grant of $30,000 to the Intellectual Disability Rights Service and NSW Council for Intellectual Disability to develop a legal, administrative and policy framework for the provision of appropriate community services to alleged and potential offenders with an intellectual disability. The target group of this project is people with intellectual disabilities who are in contact with the criminal or juvenile justice system, or at risk of contact, and the Law and Justice Foundation grant was matched by a $30,000 grant from the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care to undertake the project.

The Framework Report project arose from recommendations of the 1996 NSW Law Reform Commission report People with an Intellectual Disability and the criminal justice system (Report Number 80, December 1996). This report had found that in excess of 23% of alleged offenders appearing before the local court had an intellectual disability, and there needed to be a comprehensive interdepartmental policy and procedure framework for case management to address the problems of the current system.

Copies of the Framework report are available from the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability Tel: (02) 9211 1611 or 1800 424 065. The report is also available online at http://www.idrs.org.au

Last Updated on February 29, 2024 by [email protected]