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Primary mental health workers within youth offending teams: a new service model

Callaghan, J., Pace, F., Young, B. and Vostanis, P. (2003) Primary mental health workers within youth offending teams: a new service model. Journal of Adolescence. 26, pp. 185-199. 0140-1971.

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Abstract: Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs) have been deployed to address the mental health needs of young offenders referred to Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in two UK areas. The mental health characteristics of 60 young people consecutively referred to these PMHWs, the assessment outcome and interventions offered, are described. In addition to the anticipated concerns about oppositional/aggressive behaviour, young people were referred for a range of mental health problems. There were high levels of emotional problems, self-harm, peer and family relationships difficulties, and school non-attendance. PMHWs offered a range of direct interventions, as well as consultation to YOT staff. The service findings indicate the usefulness of such an inter-agency model in strengthening the links between specialist CAMHS and YOTs, and providing an accessible, responsive and effective service to a needy group of young people.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ499 Mental disorders. Child psychiatry > RJ503 Adolescent psychiatry
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV9051 The juvenile offender. Juvenile delinquency
Creators: Callaghan, Jane, Pace, Frances, Young, Bridget and Vostanis, Panos
Publisher: Academic Press
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Group > Social and Cultural Research in Psychology Group
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Research Centres > Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences
Date: 2003
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 185-199
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Adolescence
Volume: 26
Language: English
ISSN: 0140-1971
Status: Published / Disseminated

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