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Headway collaborates with HMPPS to enhance support for brain injury survivors within the Justice System

Mon 10 Jul 2023

In a new partnership, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of brain injury survivors, Headway – the brain injury association, is collaborating with His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to explore and develop innovative support systems for individuals with brain injuries within the justice system. 

The focus of this initiative is the 'Brain Injury Support Programme' (BISP) pilot, a specialist project aimed at offering tailored assistance to brain injury survivors. This initiative has undergone a successful trial in the South-Central Probation region and marks a significant step towards providing much-needed support for those navigating the complexities of the justice system post-brain injury.

Headway’s Justice Programme is also proud to be supporting the National Autistic Society (NAS) as part of its Neurodiversity Specialist Support Services contract with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

Headway is providing training to NAS staff; additionally, the organisation is offering direct support to brain injury survivors across four Probation regions.  

Charlotte Curness, Justice Project Manager for Headway, said: “We are thrilled to be working closely with HMPPS and NAS to provide this much-needed support to probation practitioners and people within the justice system with acquired brain injuries (ABIs).  

“The introduction of our ‘lived experience’ forum gives people the unique opportunity to inform our training and how we support brain injury survivors by sharing their experiences with us.

If you, or someone you know, has had an ABI and experience with the justice system or suffered a brain injury as a result of a crime and would like to contribute to our forum, please get in touch by emailing”

Headway has delivered training to thousands of professionals, including police, custody staff, appropriate adults, liaison and diversion practitioners, criminal lawyers, prosecutors, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) and staff working across HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).

You can explore Headway’s Justice-related training packages by clicking here. 


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