Are the needs of young people with mental illness or learning disability being met in the Youth Justice System?

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Are the needs of young people with mental illness or learning disability being met in the Youth Justice System?

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There is concern about the ability to meet the needs of young people who: • Suffer from a diagnosed mental illness • Require a psychological service • Have a learning disability. There is an apparent gap in service for those young people aged between 16-18 years who may require hospital admission as a result of mental health problems. However, local discussions have taken place with a view to changing the method by which referrals are made to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology services which should allow young people to be assessed more quickly. Ideally, this problem should be tackled in a preventative manner by training staff in schools and Integrated Learning Communities to recognise some of the signs and symptoms exhibited by young people and to be able to undertake basic assessments of need. A local voluntary organisation runs a self harm programme which can be accessed by young people. There is a recognised need to develop a dual diagnosis service in order to address the p

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