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Autism and ADHD: the youth justice system is harming neurodivergent children

By Anne-Marie Day, Criminology Lecturer, Keele University
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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…The Conversation


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