Challenges to providing culturally sensitive drug interventions for Black and Asian minority ethnic (BAME) groups within UK youth justice systems

Gleeson, Helen and Duke, Karen L. and Thom, Betsy (2019) Challenges to providing culturally sensitive drug interventions for Black and Asian minority ethnic (BAME) groups within UK youth justice systems. Drugs and Alcohol Today . ISSN 1745-9265 (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

To explore how substance use practitioners intervene with ethnically and culturally diverse groups of young people in contact with the youth justice system.

Telephone, face to face interviews and a focus group were conducted. Data were analysed thematically using a frame reflective theoretical approach.

Practitioners tended to offer individualised interventions to young people in place of culturally specific approaches partly due to a lack of knowledge, training or understanding of diverse cultural needs, and for practical and resource reasons.

Practitioners reject the official narrative of BAME youth in the justice system as dangerous and in need of control, viewing them instead as vulnerable and in need of support but report they lack experience, and sufficient resources, in delivering interventions to diverse groups.

There is little information regarding how practitioners respond to diversity in their daily practice. This paper is an exploration of how diversity is framed and responded to in the context of youth substance use and criminal justice.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 26210
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Depositing User: Helen Gleeson
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2019 10:13
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 17:59
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26210

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