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Seen and heard: supporting vulnerable children in the youth justice system

 

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Seen and heard: supporting vulnerable children in the youth justice system

Children with learning disabilities and other impairments are more likely to go to prison than other young people because the youth justice system is failing to recognise their needs, according to this survey of youth offending team staff.

The report identified a lack of routine screening and assessment to identify children’s support needs. Information received from children’s services, such as special educational needs teams and child and adolescent mental health services, was limited. Although staff spoke highly of specialist services and support, many reported gaps in provision.