New report published on the prevalance of neurodisability in young people who offend

Posted on Friday 19th October 2012

A new report from the Children's Commission entitled 'Nobody made the connection: The prevalence of neurodisability in young people who offend' has been published today.

In the report, the Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) draws attention to the large numbers of young people in children's prisons in England who have neurodevelopmental difficulties, such as brain injuries, that could result in communication difficulties, cognitive delays, learning difficulties and emotional and behavioural problems.

The Children's Commissioner's report is based on a review of published evidence, conducted by the University of Birmingham and the University of Exeter, on the prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in young people in custody. It shows that young people in the children's prisons tend to have a significant degree of neurodevelopmental disorders, and problems related to such issues, as compared to the general population.

Nathan HughesOne of the research authors for the Children's Commissioner's report, Dr Nathan Hughes, Director of Education and Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Birmingham said "This report consistently demonstrates a youth justice system that continues to punish young people for the risks and vulnerabilities associated with their neurodevelopmental difficulties."

Read the full press release.