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Autism and ADHD: the youth justice system is harming neurodivergent children – Yahoo News UK

Monday, 28 November, 2022

Autism and ADHD: the youth justice system is harming neurodivergent children – Yahoo News UK

Neurodivergent children are disproportionately represented in the youth justice system in England. This includes those with conditions including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and speech, language and communication needs.

Research across a range of countries suggests that 15% of young people in custody are autistic, as opposed to between 0.6% and 1.2% in the general population. This research found that between 60% and 90% of young people in custody met the diagnostic criteria for communication disorders.

What’s more, many children in the youth justice system will not have been assessed and diagnosed, or may not meet the criteria for a clinical diagnosis.

Read more at: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/autism-adhd-youth-justice-system-071025686.html

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