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 Dorcas Gwata: ‘There is no such thing as “hard to reach” groups, just lack of innovation’.

‘Prison is no place for children,’ says clinical nurse specialist Dorcas Gwata, winner of the Nursing Standard 2015 mental health nursing award.

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Ms Gwata works in the Westminster Integrated Gang Unit – part of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust’s Westminster child and adolescent service – where she provides mental health interventions to those involved in gang culture.

‘The young people I look after are affected by stabbings, anxieties, social phobias from gang reprisals and psychosis associated with high


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