Are young offenders institutes appropriate in safeguarding the needs of a young person?

Lloyd, Nicola (2010) Are young offenders institutes appropriate in safeguarding the needs of a young person? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This literature review aimed to objectively assess whether Young Offenders Institutes (YOIs) are appropriate in safeguarding a young person needs. These needs were identified from research and the author chose to focus on education, substance misuse and mental health. Additional factors discussed included both the social work presence and the staff influence within these establishments. This dissertation reviewed quantitative and qualitative data using a systemic review of the literature along with snowball sampling. The author found the educational needs of a young person are often met by a YOI. However, with regards to a young person’s substance misuse need this is not always the case as those requiring this support do not always receive it. It was apparent that the mental health needs of young people, within YOIs, in some cases were not always met. This may be related to a combination of the lack of social work presence and the training given to members of staff. The main recommendations for this dissertation focused around early intervention, ensuring young people do not find themselves in YOIs. The author feels the YJB should increase social worker numbers; improve staff training to enhance safeguarding procedures and complete a full mental health assessment.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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