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Professional teams who deal with young offenders lack healthcare expertise

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39024.433356.DB (Published 09 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:989
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

Many young offenders in England and Wales lack adequate access to health care, a new report says.

One in three youth offending teams, the multiagency groups designed to bring together education, health, and social care professionals, as well as the police and probation services, does not have a mental health worker, says the report from the Healthcare Commission and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation.

And it says that a sixth of the teams do not have a healthcare worker, although primary care trusts have a statutory duty to provide one …

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