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Young offenders member's debate

SNP MSP Willie Coffey led a debate on young offenders' communication support needs during members' business on 28 October 2010.

Mr Coffey's motion called on Holyrood to acknowledge the evidence presented by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and supported by the Prison Reform Trust in respect of the high levels of communication support needs (CSN) among young offenders.

It highlighted the impact of CSN on levels of offending behaviour and recidivism among young people and considers that unaddressed CSN create barriers to crime diversion and prevention initiatives, education, employment and rehabilitation.

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