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A traumatised and traumatising system: Professionals' experiences in meeting the mental health needs of young people in the care and youth justice systems in Ireland

McElvaney, Rosaleen and Tatlow-Golden, Mimi (2016). A traumatised and traumatising system: Professionals' experiences in meeting the mental health needs of young people in the care and youth justice systems in Ireland. Children and Youth Services Review, 65 pp. 62–69.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.03.017
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Abstract

It is well recognised that children and young people in the care and youth justice systems typically present with significant and diverse mental health needs. Much has been written about this challenging area of professional practice but the focus has been primarily on the young people themselves rather than professionals' experiences of working in this challenging context. In this study, focus groups and individual interviews were conducted with 26 professionals working in the care and youth justice services in Ireland, representing a range of disciplines, to capture professionals' perspectives of working in this field. A thematic analysis was conducted on the transcribed data. Professionals described frustration and helplessness in the face of what they perceived as inadequate system responses and poor interagency working. Their experiences are conceptualised here as reflecting a traumatised and traumatising system. The implications for practice emphasise the need for staff support through training, collaboration between agencies, and addressing vicarious traumatisation.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0190-7409
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe One Foundation
Keywords: children; looked-after; youth justice; professionals; mental health; vicarious trauma
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood and Youth
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 55674
Depositing User: Mimi Tatlow-Golden
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 15:43
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 15:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55674
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