HRH Prince Harry of Wales is to launch a new initiative from the UK-wide brain injury charity Headway.
The charity’s Brain Injury Identity Card will help the police identify brain injury survivors and ensure they are given appropriate support when they come into contact with the criminal justice system.
The card can also provide brain injury survivors with added confidence in everyday social scenarios. Each card is personalised, helping the card holder to explain the effects of their brain injury and request any support they may need.
The launch of the Brain Injury Identity Card will take place at the home of Headway Suffolk, which is part of the charity’s network of around 130 groups and branches across the UK, on Thursday 20 July.
Why should I carry a Headway Brain Injury Identity Card?
The complexities of brain injury can make it difficult for people to ask for support. Carrying an official Headway Brain Injury Identity Card can provide you with the confidence to know that if you need help, your needs can be easily identified, whether in social situations, or if you come into contact with police officers or other emergency services.
Who can apply?
The card is available to anyone aged 18 and over who has a verifiable brain injury.
I’m not currently involved with Headway. Can I still apply for a card?
Yes. Anyone living with the effects of brain injury can apply for a card.
Which agencies support the card?
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), which covers England and Wales, Police Scotland, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland all recognise and endorse this card.
What is the number on the front of the ID card?
This number can be called to request criminal legal advice and/or representation from solicitors trained in understanding brain injury, should you find yourself in a situation where you need this support.
I have never come into contact with the police – is this card for me?
Absolutely! The card can be used in many different everyday social scenarios to help you access any support you may need.
What is required?
Clinical verification of brain injury and a photo are required, as well as some information about how your brain injury affects you.
How much does it cost?
The card is provided free-of-charge.
How do I apply?
Simply visit the Brain Injury Identity Card application form page on the Headway website
The Brain Injury Identity Card has been developed as part of Headway’s Justice Project, which aims to:
- Raise awareness of brain injury throughout the criminal justice system
- Improve brain injury identification
- Ensure people with brain injuries in contact with the criminal justice system are treated appropriately and provided with the support they need
- Provide brain injury survivors with access to specialist legal advice and representation
- Divert people with brain injuries away from the criminal justice system where appropriate