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Learning disability training and probation officer knowledge
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour  (IF),  Pub Date : 2020-01-13, DOI: 10.1108/jidob-10-2019-0018
Margaret Townsend, Jayne Henry, Rachel R. Holt

Knowledge about learning disabilities has found to be limited in both health and social care staff. To improve the treatment of individuals with learning disabilities and mental health problems within the criminal justice system (CJS), Lord Bradley recommends that professionals receive mental health and learning disability awareness training. However, little is known about the impact of training on the knowledge of professionals in the CJS. This study aims to investigate the impact of a 3-h learning disability training session on the knowledge of probation officers.,Using a repeated measures design, the impact of a 3-h learning disability training session on the knowledge of 12 probation officers was analysed.,In support of this study’s hypothesis, a repeated measures t-test revealed a significant difference between participants pre-training and post-training learning disability knowledge questionnaire (LDKQ) scores. Participants scored significantly higher on the LDKQ post-training compared to pre-training. A linear regression revealed that years worked in probation did not significantly predict participant’s difference scores.,Limitations of this study and directions for future studies are discussed.,This paper demonstrates that learning disability training can significantly improve the knowledge of probation officers.