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Health needs of children in prison
  1. J Gould1,
  2. H Payne2
  1. 1Paediatrics Department, Poole Hospital, UK
  2. 2Department of Child Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J Gould
    Paediatrics Department, Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole BH15 2JB, UK;


At the end of September 2002 there were 2633 children in prison in England and Wales. Since November 2002, the Children Act 1989 applies to children held in prison. The challenge to paediatricians is to recognise and meet the needs of these vulnerable and needy children. This can be achieved by putting in place similar provisions to those recommended for Looked After Children.

  • health needs
  • prison

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  • This work was part of the first author’s submissions for a Master’s Degree in Child Health at the University of Wales College of Medicine