Neurodiversity – A Whole-Child Approach for Youth Justice – HM Inspectorate of Probation (July 2021)


 Access to the HM Inspectorate of Probation Academic Insights report concerned with neurodiversity in youth justice.  


HM Inspectorate of Probation have published Neurodiversity – a whole-child approach for youth justice report. The report summarises the evidence base around neurodiversity and the lessons for those working in youth justice with children.  

The academic insight discusses that at least one in three people in the justice system may be neurodivergent and in some youth offending groups, the rates are much higher, especially relating to ADHD and speech and language challenges.

The paper discusses that creating a formulation for each child means we move away from labels, to being more child-centred and towards inclusive approaches. It also means that appropriate referrals can be made, for example for support with ADHD.