Supporting mentally disordered young offenders within the community: a systematic literature review

Jasinska, Natasha (2016) Supporting mentally disordered young offenders within the community: a systematic literature review. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This disse1tation critically examines the support available for mentally disordered young offenders in the community. A Youth Offending Team (YOT) is charged with the well-being and care of young offenders in the community. YOTs have a responsibility to support the mental health needs of young offenders. Particular consideration needs to be given to health needs affecting the criminal behaviour of young offenders. Contemporary literature highlight that the mental health needs of young offenders are frequently under supported. This study examines the processes used to identify the mental health needs of young offenders. It also considers aspects of contemporary practice which prevent young offenders in the community from receiving the mental health support they require, describing the process from when a young offender first has contact with a YOT. The study then details the procedures leading to the identification and support of a mental health disorder and concludes with implications for future practice, and areas for further research.
    The study draws four conclusions:

    1. Provision of support and treatment is available for young offenders in the community; however barriers prevent their access to support;

    2. The process of screening and assessing whether a young offender suffers from mental health disorders is inadequate due to insufficient staff training;

    3. The procedure of referral to mental health support is inadequate in relation to working relationships between YOTs and external services; and

    4. The recurring cuts to YOT budgets threaten the provision of support in the future.

    These conclusions have been drawn from a critical analysis of the relevant literature. However, there is a dearth of contemporary research analysing the provision of support available to mentally disordered young offenders. This indicates that the prevalent issues are insufficiently recognised. This systematic literature review highlights the contemporary issues regarding the support for mentally disordered young offenders, recommending changes for future provision.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 14:27
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 14:27

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