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'I Hate Talking About It': Identifying and Supporting Traumatised Young People in Custody

Gray, P (2015) 'I Hate Talking About It': Identifying and Supporting Traumatised Young People in Custody. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54 (5). pp. 434-450. ISSN 0265-5527

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Abstract

Research has shown that a significant proportion of young people in custody have experienced some form of abuse and/or loss in their lives. This article uses the biographies of three young men (all serving custodial sentences) to elucidate the feelings that experiences of this nature can engender. Crucially, none of the three was effectively helped to resolve their experiences. The article goes on to argue that more needs to be done to identify and support traumatised young people in custody. The article concludes that, while the CHAT: Secure tool may go some way to better identifying those needing support, an individual's reluctance to disclose their traumatic experiences in the first place may limit the tool's efficacy.

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