Web Accessibility Statement

Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI)
Accessibility Statement
This statement applies to content published on the www.cjini.org domain.
Criminal Justice Inspection’s web site aims to be compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard (w3.org).
This website is run by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) and we want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts;
  • zoom in up to increase the text up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen, using the scroll buttons to read the information available;
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard;
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software, for example Browsealoud or other text reader software; and
  • use most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).
CJI is committed to making its website accessible in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

CJI’s website aims to be fully compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard and as accessible and usable for people of all abilities and disabilities, including older audiences, and those with visual, hearing, cognitive or motor impairments.

Many people use assistive technologies to allow them, for example, to view websites in easier-to-read colours, with larger fonts or as spoken text, or to navigate around a site using the keyboard only.  As these assistive technologies become more available and sophisticated,  we want to ensure the CJI websites continue to work well with them to deliver a good experience for all our users.

PDF documents which pre-date 23 September 2018 may not be fully accessible to screen readers and the accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before this date.   
When we publish new content, PDFs or attached documents we will make sure it will meet the accessibility standards.
Browsealoud – Accessibility Tool

Browsealoud adds speech, reading and translation to websites facilitating access and participation for people with dyslexia, low literacy or mild visual impairments as well as for those with English as a second language. Content can also be read aloud in multiple languages.  All features are accessed from an easy to use floating toolbar located at the top right menu on all CJI web pages.  A description of the facilities provided by Browsealoud can be found below.

Reposition tool - Click and drag the menu bar to position it anywhere on your screen

Speak mode - Browsealoud starts reading the page aloud
Text to speech - Browsealoud starts reading selected text or reads from the top of the page. Each word is highlighted as it is read aloud and simultaneously highlights the sentence or paragraph in a contrasting colour
Translations - spoken & written - Browsealoud translates web pages into 78 languages and speaks the translated text where there is a matching voice available, which is currently 35 languages
MP3 generation - Convert text to an MP3 file. The text can be saved and listened to at a later date, at home or on the move
Screen mask - Block distractions on your screen.  A semi-opaque tinted mask extends across your screen leaving a letterbox reading window clear.  This helps users to focus on the section of the web page they are most interested in and ignore unnecessary ‘clutter’
Text magnification - The magnified text is displayed with synchronous highlighting in a single line at the top of the screen as the text is being read aloud.  This allows users with visual impairments to access even the smallest of text on a web page
Web page simplifier - Removes clutter from the screen displaying only the main text
Settings options - Customisable to suit individual needs or preferences, with options to alter the voice speed, highlighting colours and the text size during magnification
Toolbar features explained - Simple descriptions of each Browsealoud feature

Close button - closes the Browsealoud tool bar
  Additional functionality (pdfs) – Browsealoud also reads almost any PDF documents on the website

Help viewing documents
Most documents on this website will open automatically in your web browser, but if you have trouble viewing a document you may have to install software on your computer or an app on your phone or tablet.

Recommended software for viewing documents
The software you need depends on the format of the document. Information on the software and links you can use that are compatible with different document types can be found in the table below.
Document Type Software Download links and reader software
PDF document

Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader or an alternative.

Adobe Reader    
(external link opens in a new window/tab) for
Windows, Mac or Linux.
Foxit Reader 
(external link opens in a new window/tab) for Windows, Mac or Linux.
Microsoft Office documents
Word document (*.doc, *.docx)
Excel spreadsheet
(*.xls, *.xlsx) 
PowerPoint presentation
(*.pps, *.ppt, *.pptx)
Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office apps (for mobiles), OpenOffice or an alternative.

Microsoft supported Office viewers  (external link opens in a new window/tab.)
OpenOffice  (external link opens in a new window/tab) for Windows, Mac or Linux.
LibreOffice  (external link opens in a new window/tab) for Windows, Mac or Linux.

ODF document
(*.odt, *.ods, *.odp) 

OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office or an alternative.
OpenOffice  (external link opens in a new window/tab) for Windows, Mac or Linux.
LibreOffice (external link opens in a new window/tab) for Windows, Mac or Linux.

PDF files and accessibility
PDF stands for Portable Document Format and is a common internet file format. It is used for electronic distribution because it keeps the look and feel of the original document, including the font(s), colours, images, and layout used.
It also can be used across many different types of computers and browsers and is commonly used for Government publications, leaflets and forms.

PDF file standards have improved over the years. They are more accessible due to technologies like screen readers, navigation through the keyboard and enhanced screen viewing.
The Adobe site provides information on how best to use these features. You may come across earlier versions of PDF files which are not so accessible.

Find out more about Adobe Reader accessibility from the Adobe.com website (external link opens in a new window/tab).

Opening PDF files
Web browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari have built-in PDF readers.  When you access a link to a PDF using one of these web browsers, the PDF will open automatically in the web browser.

Standalone PDF programs or apps are also available to download for your device.  These may offer more advanced features compared with browser-based PDF readers.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is one of the most popular PDF readers and is available free of charge from the Adobe Acrobat site or from the app store on your device. PDF files and browsers
You can configure your web browser to open PDF files either within the browser window or in a separate Adobe Acrobat window. There are detailed instructions on the Acrobat website on how to do so for different browsers. You may have issues viewing PDF files on your browser. Common symptoms include a blank page in the web browser or a red X icon. There are detailed instructions on the Acrobat website on how to solve some of the most common PDF-display issues.

Solutions to common issues viewing PDFs from Adobe website (external link opens in a new window/tab).
Alternative formats

CJI documents can be requested in alternative formats. For more information on the alternative formats available and the time scales involved, contact us by using the Contact Us form on our website, email [email protected] or phone us on 028 90 765764.
When you contact us to request documents in alternative formats, please tell us:
  • the web address (URL) of the content;
  • your name and email address;
  • the format you need, for example, audio, large print, accessible PDF.
Accessibility problems with this website
If you’re having accessibility problems with this page or you think we’re not meeting the accessibility requirements you can contact us at [email protected].