Young Offenders: Speech Therapy

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th May 2019.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour/Co-operative, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to develop a consistent pathway for (a) prison staff and (b) Departmental officials to refer young people in the justice system to speech and language therapy.

Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour/Co-operative, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to develop a consistent pathway for justice professionals to be able to refer a young person to speech and language therapy.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

To ensure consistent referral pathways throughout the youth justice system, the Youth Justice Board have developed a screening tool which provides a holistic assessment and intervention plan that can be used in a variety of settings. In custody, NHS England screen and assess every child for neurodisabilities using the Comprehensive Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) and put in place an individual care plan.

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