A learning difficulty is a clear difficulty with reading, writing or maths. For example dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. Around 50% of young offenders (children who commit crimes) have a learning difficulty.1
A witness with a learning difficulty may need special measures so they can give their best evidence to the police or at court. A defendant with a learning difficulty may need extra help to effectively participate at the police station or at court.
- 1. p. 9 Nobody Made the Connection: The prevalence of neurodisability in young people who offend, Childrens Commissioner (October 2012)