'He Has Problems; He Is Not the Problem . . .' A Qualitative Study of Non-Custodial Staff Providing Services for Young Offenders Assessed for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in an Australian Youth Detention Centre

Sharynne L. Hamilton, Tracy Reibel, Rochelle Watkins, Raewyn C. Mutch, Natalie R. Kippin, Jacinta Freeman, Hayley M. Passmore, Bernadette Safe, Melissa O'Donnell, Carol Bower

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Little is known about the challenges non-custodial youth detention centre staff face supporting young people with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). We undertook qualitative inquiry to identify and describe the perspectives of non-custodial staff detention staff regarding the value of an FASD prevalence study. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and focus groups and analysed using thematic network analysis. Staff held few concerns about the prevalence study and its impact on participating young people; however, they identified barriers related to study processes, and practices and culture within their workplace, which hindered gaining maximum benefit from the research and its findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-157
Number of pages21
JournalYouth Justice: an international journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


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