Our research approach involved speaking with a diverse range of stakeholders, including representatives from the justice system, educators, and subject matter experts as well as conducting desk research. Our key findings were:
- Despite having an overwhelmingly sizeable neurodivergent population in prison, the Justice System does not understand neurodiversity and doesn’t consider it in its policies.
- Children in the justice system have been made to feel like they had no future academically because of their poor performance (or undiagnosed neurological condition), and therefore associate themselves with a life of degeneration, though they have other strengths.
- Children that end up within the justice system come from a long history of trauma and deprivation. Still, the justice system takes on a behavioural lens to enact change rather than an empathetic one.