Exploring How Certain Features of Autism Spectrum Disorder May Provide the Context of Vulnerability to Engaging in Sexual Offending



Date: 7th October 2022
Time: 9:20 to 4:45


Workshop Description

July dates postponed, new autumn date 7th October

What we will cover in this one-day training

During the one-day training, we will first cover what autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is. We will then go on to explore in detail how certain features of ASD may provide the context of vulnerability to engaging in a variety of sexual offending behaviours including the viewing of indecent child images (IIOC). Case studies will also be included throughout to provide context to the theory and discussions. Lastly, we will look at some of the issues with current standardised risk assessments for individuals with ASD who engage in sexual offending behaviour.

Schedule for the day

9.30am – 9.45am – Welcome

9.45am – 11am

15-minute break

11.15am – 12.30pm.

Lunch break

1.15pm – 2.15pm

15-minute break

2.30pm – 3.30pm.

15-minute break

3.45pm – 4.45pm – Q&A Discussion


Dr Clare Allely is a Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Salford in England and is an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University, Sweden. She is also an Associate of The Children’s and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) at the University of Strathclyde. Clare is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences affiliated to the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. Clare is a Chartered Member of British Psychological Society (CPsychol since 2013) and Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (AFBPsS since 2013). Clare acts as an expert witness in criminal cases involving defendants with autism spectrum disorder and contributes to the evidence base used in the courts on psychology and legal issues through her published work. Clare’s research specialises in how certain features of autism spectrum disorder may provide the context of vulnerability to engaging in a wide range of offending behaviours including: lone-actor terrorism, extremism, the viewing of indecent child imagery, mass shootings, school shootings, sexual offending, cybercrime, stalking, violence, zoophilia and arson. Clare has published in the field of autism spectrum disorder and the features of autism that may provide the context of vulnerability to being radicalised, engaging in extremist online material and engaging in terroristic behaviours. Clare also has a research interest in autism in the courtroom, prison and secure care. She is author of the book “The Psychology of Extreme Violence: A Case Study Approach to Serial Homicide, Mass Shooting, School Shooting and Lone-actor Terrorism” published by Routledge in 2020 and author of the book “Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Criminal Justice System: A Guide to Understanding Suspects, Defendants and Offenders with Autism” published by Routledge in 2022.

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Clare-Allely/research