Housing issues for prisoners with neurodiversity issues-1

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Investigating barriers and enablers in accessing suitable accommodation among prison leavers with neurodiversity issues



  • Contact name

    Sarah-Jane Jackson

  • Contact email


  • Sponsor organisation

    University of Portsmouth

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    0 years, 6 months, 28 days

  • Research summary

    Homelessness is a problem in the released prisoner population, and a significant risk factor for community reoffending (HM Inspectorate of Probation, 2020). Individuals with neurodiversity issues are faced with additional challenges when accessing accommodation (Holland & Persson, 2011). Widely reported ‘resettlement schemes’ struggle to secure accommodation for offenders prior to their release and factors underpinning the problem (risk to others, offending history, lack of employment), specifically for those with neurodiversity issues, are poorly understood and require systematic exploration in order to reduce reoffending and homelessness on release from prison.
    For the purpose of this study individuals with neurodiversity will consider individuals with Autism Spectrum Condition and learning difficulties/disabilities. In wider terms, neurodiversity also covers acquired brain injury and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

  • REC name

    East of England - Essex Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    21 Dec 2023

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion