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Supporting young offenders to communicate in the youth justice system: a scoping Review Protocol

Supporting young offenders to communicate in the youth justice system: a scoping Review Protocol

Sowerbutts, Anna, Eaton-Rosen, Emma, Bryan, Karen ORCID: 0000-0003-0742-1193 and Beeke, Suzanne (2019) Supporting young offenders to communicate in the youth justice system: a scoping Review Protocol. Social Science Protocols, 2. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2516-8053 (doi:https://doi.org/10.7565/ssp.2019.2658)

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Abstract

Background:
Young offenders disproportionately present with unidentified Developmental Language Disorder. Successfully participating in the youth justice system demands considerable proficiency in language, and a large proportion of young offenders will thus struggle to engage in the required processes. Although there is emerging evidence regarding the specific communication tasks that young offenders are likely to struggle with, and published guidelines exist for supporting young offenders to communicate, it is unclear to what extent these recommendations are substantiated by evidence. This scoping review will collate what is currently known about supporting young offenders to communicate, identifying gaps and trends in research.

Methods/Design:
The review will consider publications which focus on young offenders, describe the communication requirements of the youth justice system, and/or provide guidelines for supporting young offenders to communicate in this context. Publications only concerning victims or witnesses will be excluded. Five databases will be searched, using identified keywords from relevant papers. To identify further studies, reference lists will be scanned and the grey literature will also be searched. Relevant data will be extracted from included publications using a pre-defined tool, and a narrative and visual summary of the findings will be presented.

Discussion:
The scoping review will collate literature from different disciplines on supporting young offenders to communicate in the youth justice system. Specifically, it will map the evidence on a) the communication requirements of youth justice interactions; and b) how to support young offenders to communicate in this context.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Open Access journal, hosted by the University of Edinburgh Journal Hosting Service. All material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence, unless otherwise stated.
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication, language disorder; young offenders; youth justice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Vice-Chancellor's Group
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 12:14
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26132

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