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Meeting the unmet mental health needs of young people who are outside the system

Angela Bagum outlines the main issues she encounters working as a nurse in a non-health organisation
Mental health needs

Angela Bagum outlines the main issues she encounters working as a nurse in a non-health organisation

For the past seven years I worked as a specialist nurse in child and adolescent mental health for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust delivering the pilot NHS England liaison and diversion service.

Primarily the aim of the pilot – developed following the recommendations of The Bradley Report (2009) – was to support an early intervention approach for young people in the criminal justice system.

Assessing needs and vulnerabilities

This was done by assessing for unmet emotional health needs and other vulnerabilities and, where needs were known, to support the diversion of young people in the criminal justice system and give

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