Kids incarcerated in Australia have 'alarming' levels of neurodevelopmental impairment
This is worse than political correctness. It is straight out political deception. The word "Aboriginal" is not mentioned below but most of the kids concerned will be Aboriginal. Fetal alcohol syndrome is, for instance, common among Aborigines.
So what can you do about it? Take the Aboriginal children out of their dangerous home environments and give them to whites to bring up? Then you would have another "stolen generation" and we have been through that ad nauseam before. Any other ideas? I know of no realistic ones.
The do gooders below say that "care plans can be put in place." That could conceivably help a little whilst the kids are in detention but they will never be detained for long -- and do you have any idea of how much notice an Aboriginal family would take of a "care plan"?
While Aboriginals commit every dietary sin imaginable -- including the drinking of metho (methlyated alcohol) -- both they and their children will always have bad health
An alarming world-first study into the cognitive abilities of young people in detention in Australia has found evidence of severe neurodevelopmental impairment in almost every child assessed.
Researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute assessed 99 children aged 10 to 17 incarcerated at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre in Western Australia. The findings uncovered an unprecedented prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and severe neurodevelopmental impairment.
Most of the impairment had been left undiagnosed despite multiple contacts with government agencies and sentencing in court, leading the experts to call for improvements in the way health, education, justice, child protection and other systems took care of young people who presented with school difficulties, mental health issues or behavioural problems.
The study, led by Professor Carol Bower and Clinical Associate Professor Raewyn Mutch, will be published in the British Medical Journal Open on Wednesday. It found WA had the highest known prevalence of FASD in a custodial setting in the world.
"Of the 99 young people who completed full assessments we found 36 of them – more than one in three – had FASD," Professor Bower said. "Of this 36, only two had been previously diagnosed."
They also found 89 per cent of sentenced youth had at least one severe neurodevelopmental impairment, whether they had FASD or not. Two thirds had at least three domains of severe impairment, while 23 per cent had five or more domains impaired. These domains included executive function, not being able to relate cause and effect, memory, attention and cognition problems.
A quarter were found to have an intellectual disability, with an IQ of 70 or less.
"These findings, which document an unprecedented prevalence of FASD and severe neurodevelopmental impairment, highlight the vulnerability of young people within the justice system and their significant need for improved diagnosis to identify their strengths and difficulties, and to guide and improve their rehabilitation," Professor Bower said.
"We recommend that young people be fully assessed on entry into the juvenile justice system and preferably much, much sooner, at their first encounter with the law or before, so their vulnerabilities are recognised, and specific and appropriate interventions and care plans can be put in place."