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Brain Injury in Children in contact with the law

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM

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As part of the 2021 World Congress on Justice With Children, this session is entitled, "Brain Injury in Children in contact with the law."

Children and young people who come into contact with the law are likely to have a neuro-disability (ND). That is, some form of condition of the brain that leads to developmental impairment. The most common being Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI –from falls, fights and assaults). Which we have shown to be present in more than half of young people wo are incarcerated.

TBI is often co-morbid with other conditions, such as ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder). ND’s are often accompanied by language and social communication problems. Due to impulsiveness, and poor social skills, they are linked to greater violence which can be addressed through rehabilitation. They are also more prone than non-ND to self-harm and suicidality.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a commentary on the Justice convention which states that children with Neuro-disability (ND) are heavily represented in those who enter custody, and should have their needs identified whilst detained, but, moreover, should not be made at risk of being imprisoned in the first place.

We will present examples of policy and practice developments in this area –pre-judicial, judicial and custody. Key leaders in this field will provide examples of good practice, and we will establish a working group to encourage future innovations. This would not only improve lives of those affected, but also, we argue, reduce future crime.