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Criminal justice pathways and neurodevelopmental disorders

Forrester, Andrew ORCID:, McKinnon, Iain and Srivastava, Samir 2023. Criminal justice pathways and neurodevelopmental disorders. McCarthy, Jane M., Alexander, Regi T. and Chaplin, Eddie, eds. Forensic Aspects of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Clinicians Guide, Cambridge University Press, pp. 191-201. (10.1017/9781108955522.016)

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People with a wide range of mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions are found amongst criminal justice populations, and many present with co-occurring disorders. These may include other neurodevelopmental conditions, substance use disorders or physical health conditions. It is now standard practice to use a pathways approach to organise and deliver services, and journeys taken by many people within criminal justice systems lend themselves to this, at least in theory. Basic requirements of this approach include police custody and prison reception screening, providing organised multidisciplinary care and introducing appropriate interventions as part of individual care plans. There is much we still do not know about vulnerable people in prisons, and service provision remains far from optimal. In particular, insufficient specialist provision means that many people with neurodevelopmental conditions are not identified appropriately, and do not have their needs met as they should. Further, in the absence of support, the presentations of some people render them vulnerable to specific aspects of prison life.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108955522
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2024 13:38

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