Health and Wellbeing
This chapter considers the health and wellbeing of young people in the secure estate, an area considered by many as of significant concern. This is particularly pertinent when considering the isolation and lack of adequate services experienced by young people. Such inadequacy of provision is compounded by the fact that many young people enter the STC having suffered trauma and health inequalities, as well as having special education needs and disability (SEND). Substance abuse also represents a factor for many young people, who use it as a coping mechanism for their traumatic past experiences. Indeed, data from the STC research shows how, in some cases, the STC environment exacerbates trauma with little or no thought given to transition upon release.
KeywordsHealth Wellbeing Self-harm Substance abuse Trauma
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