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Health of boys in secure care

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Boys in secure care because of serious or persistent offending are clearly a highly selected population at high risk of mental health problems. The mental health needs of boys in four secure units have been assessed (L Kroll and colleagues.

; see also Commentary, ibid: 1956–7).

Ninety-seven boys aged 12–17 years were assessed on admission to secure care and while still in care 3 months later. More than a third …

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