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2nd Meeting – DAPHNE III Program, The European Comparative Analysis and Transfer of Knowledge on Mental Health Resources for Young Offenders (MHYO)

Thursday 12th of May 2011
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With the aim of sharing the progress and advances made in the European Project "European Comparative Analysis and Transfer of Knowledge on Mental Health Resources for Young Offenders (MHYO)", the IJJO met with members of the European MHYO Project in the city of Utrecht (Netherlands) on the 28th and 29th of April 2011.


The European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice, Liberty and Security has supported the International Juvenile Justice Observatory since the end of 2009 in the development of a project for analysis and comparison between European organisations that share an interest in the current situation of child and young offenders with mental health problems in Europe. Young offenders with mental health issues: a widespread problem in Europe. In 2006, with regards to an EU mental health strategy, the European Parliament stated that "approximately 40% of prisoners suffer from some type of mental disorder and they are seven times more likely to commit suicide than people who are integrated into society and inadequate prison conditions can aggravate the disorder and prevent rehabilitation". In fact, young people in detention have an even greater prevalence of poor mental health than adults, with 95% having at least one mental health problem and 80% having more than one (Lader et al., 2000). During the first meeting of the MHYO Project in October 2010 in London, experts and members of the aforementioned European Program, from different health and justice professions, including administrative, third sector and academic sectors, shared their national experiences of mental disorders in minors who conflict with the law. As a result of this first meeting, the lack of specific training for professionals working in juvenile justice was highlighted, specifically regarding adolescents their evolved development, the promotion of communication skills and empathy with the young person, as well as, the typologies of mental pathologies of minors. The need for training in technical issues within mental health, regarding judicial and legal issues related to competency, responsibility and the rights of minors who conflict with the law, was also highlighted. The need for young delinquents who suffer from mental health problems to receive individual responses was also underlined, and that this response should be coordinated with all agents and organisations involved in the penal process and the rehabilitation of minors, principally those related to general health or therapeutic services, and those involved in the justice system for minors. Consequently, during the 2nd meeting in Utrecht it was decided that the second part of the MHYO Project would focus on two fundamental areas. On the one hand, the right to a training and awareness manual for professionals and experts in the field of juvenile justice and mental health; and on the other hand, the elaboration and endorsement of a Joint Declaration resulting from the 4th International IJJO Conference: "Building Integrated Juvenile Justice systems: Approaches and methodologies regarding mental disorders and drug misuse". These recommendations constitute an advocacy programme in the field of mental health and young offenders, aimed at political members, to promote, protect and fulfil the rights of minors in their respective political areas, specific to and relevant on a national level and that of the European Union (EU). Finally, the final goal of this project is the development of good practices and awareness raising tools as well as adequate training for professionals on the developmental and psychological processes of the young person bearing in mind their individual needs, from an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective within the justice and health systems. The IJJO will circulate to its users and collaborators the publication of the final results of the DAPHNE III. Programme The European Comparative Analysis and Transfer of Knowledge on Mental Health Resources for Young Offenders (MHYO) in coming editions.

 

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With financial support from the EU's Daphne III Programme
The European Comparative Analysis and Transfer of Knowledge
on Mental Health Resources for Young Offenders (MHYO)


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