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Barriers and gaps within services which affect Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic access to community Forensic CAMHS

Barriers and gaps within services which affect Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic access to... This paper aims to determine any barriers and gaps within one community Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS) provision for young people presenting with risk of harm to others or involvement with the youth justice system, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.Design/methodology/approachThis study presents a systematic review of literature into the barriers and gaps within community FCAMHS, which showed little research in the area. Because of this, referral numbers for five major cities within the Yorkshire and Humber community FCAMHS region were compared to population statistics and youth justice caution and sentencing data.FindingsComparison suggests that BAME young people are under-represented across referrals to community FCAMHS. Also, there were differences in the representation of BAME young people when compared to youth justice data across the five major cities.Research limitations/implicationsThe lack of literature, combined with disparities in proportional representation of BAME young people within the Yorkshire and Humber FCAMHS, shows the need for a detailed study and analysis within national community FCAMHS.Practical implicationsMore needs to be done within community FCAMHS to ensure that services are meeting the needs of young people at risk of criminalisation.Originality/valueTo the best of the author’s knowledge, there is currently no published literature that explores ethnic representation and access to community-based FCAMH services. Exploration within one regional service suggests that young people from BAME backgrounds may be under-represented within such services, whilst at the same time being over-represented within formal criminal justice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Criminal Psychology Emerald Publishing

Barriers and gaps within services which affect Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic access to community Forensic CAMHS

Journal of Criminal Psychology , Volume 12 (1/2): 11 – May 19, 2022

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2009-3829
eISSN
2009-3829
DOI
10.1108/jcp-02-2021-0004
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Abstract

This paper aims to determine any barriers and gaps within one community Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS) provision for young people presenting with risk of harm to others or involvement with the youth justice system, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.Design/methodology/approachThis study presents a systematic review of literature into the barriers and gaps within community FCAMHS, which showed little research in the area. Because of this, referral numbers for five major cities within the Yorkshire and Humber community FCAMHS region were compared to population statistics and youth justice caution and sentencing data.FindingsComparison suggests that BAME young people are under-represented across referrals to community FCAMHS. Also, there were differences in the representation of BAME young people when compared to youth justice data across the five major cities.Research limitations/implicationsThe lack of literature, combined with disparities in proportional representation of BAME young people within the Yorkshire and Humber FCAMHS, shows the need for a detailed study and analysis within national community FCAMHS.Practical implicationsMore needs to be done within community FCAMHS to ensure that services are meeting the needs of young people at risk of criminalisation.Originality/valueTo the best of the author’s knowledge, there is currently no published literature that explores ethnic representation and access to community-based FCAMH services. Exploration within one regional service suggests that young people from BAME backgrounds may be under-represented within such services, whilst at the same time being over-represented within formal criminal justice.

Journal

Journal of Criminal PsychologyEmerald Publishing

Published: May 19, 2022

Keywords: Youth justice; Criminal justice; BAME; Forensic psychology; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Forensic CAMHS; Community Forensic CAMHS; Forensic mental health; Child; Adolescent

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