Q132: My young child who has learning disabilities/mental health problems, has been the victim of a sexual assault, how will the police deal with us? Is there any extra support?

Disability should not prevent a person's ability to report a crime. Because of the number and variety of special needs/mental health problems that people experience, some Forces may provide specialist training for Officers.

However, when a case is reported involving a person with such problems, every effort will be made to ensure that they are treated fairly and sensitively and the evidence they offer is obtained in a manner that allows it to be used in future criminal proceedings. If, for example, communication aids are needed by an individual then these will be used to enable them to make their disclosure. Likewise, the Force will cater for any other specific needs

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