Forensic outreach liaison service (FOLS)

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About the service

FOLS LD/A provide enhanced care and treatment in a community setting to keep individuals out of secure hospital and prison, by working to reduce their risk of encountering the Criminal Justice System in the first place.

We support men and women aged 18 and above who have a learning disability and/or autism that have come into contact with the criminal justice system/a secure hospital or are at risk of doing so.

The team

The Trust FOLS LD/A team consists of a variety of multi-disciplinary professionals from:

  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatry
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social work
  • Speech and language therapy

Each professional has a range of specialist experience of working with individuals with a learning disability and/or autism, displaying high risk of concerning/offending behaviours. Additionally, as a team they have an extensive knowledge of the forensic/criminal justice system.

The service provision

Guided by the ‘Transforming Care; National Service Model’, FOLS offer six core functions:

  1. Forensic risk assessment and management
  2. Offence specific interventions
  3. Case management
  4. Support and training to those who provide day-to-day support in the community
  5. Consultation and advice
  6. In reach support


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Why would someone choose the service?

  • Our team work with you to understand your individual needs
  • We can support you to contact other services to help to keep you well and safe such as housing, training, social activities

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