Young offenders and criminal justice

It is widely accepted that around 60% of young people in the justice system have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Research clearly shows that SLCN are strongly over-represented within the justice system.

Briefing documents                  

Screening and assessment

  • Screening and assessment

  • AssetPlus

    The Youth Justice Board has released the speech, language and neurodisability (SLCN) tool from AssetPlus as an Early Practice Change Tool. The SLCN screening tool and supporting guidance will help practitioners identify any speech, language and communication needs in young people. It is based on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ (RCSLT) screening tool.

Staff training

The Box training for the criminal justice sectorThe RCSLT presents a free e-learning tool bringing together the expertise of speech and language therapists working across the country in the justice sector.

For organisations that do not employ speech and language therapists, it is important to provide training for professionals. The RCSLT has developed The Box training programme and the first stage is a free e-learning module.

The Box: What's it like to be inside?


Further resources and support


For more information on the RCSLT young offenders and criminal justice campaigns please contact Claire Moser.

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