Irish Penal Reform Trust

UK: 'Same Old…' failures in mental health provision for young offenders

11th December 2013

The Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A) and Young Minds have issued a stark new report on the lack of provision of mental health services to young people at risk of or engaging in offending behaviour.

The study included interviews of professionals, young people and other stake-holders at three different T2A centres throughout England. The level of care provided for these vulnerable young people was described as 'highly inadequate' with little progress recorded over the past two decades.

Finally, the report makes eight recommendations for improvements to the system, including, for example, improved training for professionals in dealing with young people specifically at risk of offending.


Young Minds & T2A: 'Same Old... the experiences of young offenders with mental health needs'

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