Justice Matters: clinical disorders and youth justice

Monday, 23 November 2015

On 13 November, the Centre held an event, 'Criminal justice and young people with clinical disorders', focussing on the disproportionate rate of childhood neurodevelopmental impairments and clinical disorders among young people in the youth justice system.

Dr Nathan Hughes of the University of Birmingham drew on research and clinical understandings of neurodevelopmental impairment to explore the array of factors and experiences affecting young people with neurodevelopmental impairments. He argued that a prevention strategy, involving supporting families and providing sustained support and interventions to maintain engagement in education, would build a more effective response to behaviours and avoid unnecessary criminalisation.

Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan - Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Deborah Fortescue - Head of Foundation at The Disabilities Trust also spoke at this absorbing and informative event.  

This event is part of the Justice Matters project. The powerpoint presentations from the event are below.