Neurodisability And Youth Offending – The New Zealand Connections
Auckland University's Kate Peirse O'Byrne in 2014 published the first comprehensive analysis of neurodisability and youth offending specific to New Zealand. In a special report published in the Youth Court journal, Issue 67, she noted that failing to take account of neurodisability in responding to offending was indefensible.
Drawing on the Children's Commissioner of England and Wales report – 'Nobody made the connection: The prevalence of neurodisability in young people who offend', her work applies this correlation to the New Zealand context. Her report in the Youth Court journal provides an overview of the implications of these correlations for youth justice and the 'profound importance of neurodisability to the question of youth offending'.