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Health professionals should do more to prevent children ending up in custody, BMA says

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 04 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6619
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Vulnerable children and teenagers are continually let down by health and social care services, and it is inevitable that many end up in the criminal justice system, warns the British Medical Association.

Its new report, Young Lives Behind Bars, says that many young people in custody come from chaotic backgrounds and are often the victims of violence, abuse, or neglect.1 It recommends that health professionals carry out early screening and identification …

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