About the service

This state of the art facility is just one of the exceptional medium and low secure learning disability and mental health forensic services provided at Ridgeway, Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough.

Specialist secure autism services

The environment in which people are cared for and managed is paramount to reducing risk and improving long term outcomes.

Within the forensic service user population we regularly see individuals whose risks cannot be managed within a low secure environment because of the complexities of their autism, or who are in high secure settings with no specialist autism expertise provided.

These environments can result in an escalation of difficulties with a patient.

Due to the particular complexity in presentation of individuals with autism, such environments can results in an escalation of service users behaviour. People with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) need a highly specific, structured environment, managed by staff with autism expertise and where ASC awareness underpins their treatment and care pathway.

Our service will provide that, creating a therapeutic environment which gives service users a high level of structure and predictability. There will be an emphasis on modelling and scaffolding of social interaction as well as offence specific work where required.

The trust has developed an autism pathway that describes a holistic assessment process to assist in the understanding of an individual's needs and how their difficulties impact upon presentation.

This allows treatment to be individualised to meet the needs of the service user using the wide skills of the multidisciplinary team.

A complete secure care pathway

Working alongside the other mental health, learning disability and forensic services offered by the trust, we're able to offer a complete autism care pathway.

Where required, service users can step-down into low secure specialist autism services, followed by rehabilitation in a community setting.

Admission criteria

The unit will provide treatment for male service users who:

  • require medium secure accommodation
  • have autism spectrum conditions
  • display challenging and / or offending behaviours
  • have a forensic history or are at risk of offending

More information

Contact us on Tel: 01642 837530