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Mental health support for young offenders 'falls short'

Mental health support for young offenders ‘falls short’

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has expressed concern at the level of mental health support on offer to young offenders. 

As a part of an inquiry which was assessing mental health services and secure care places for CYP in Scotland, the committee received evidence which showed that over 60% of those who had offended had significant communication needs, and many had self-harmed or attempted suicide. Despite this, there was a lack of consistent child and adolescent mental health support available, particularly in secure care units outside of Glasgow. 

As a result of their findings, the committee are calling on the Scottish Government to ensure that an assessment takes place within the first few days of a young person’s incarceration, with continual high-quality mental health support to be provided afterwards. 

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