Grey cells and prison cells: Meeting the neurodevelopmental and cognitive needs of vulnerable young people

This event took place on 7 March 2018. Please see below for resources from the event.

Grey cells and prison cells: Meeting the  neurodevelopmental and cognitive needs of vulnerable young people.

Given the strong link to offending behaviour, the focus of this event is identifying and working with children and young people who have neurodevelopmental and cognitive needs. Invited speakers will focus on effective approaches to working with neuro-developmental disorders and neuro-cognitive disorders as well as approaches to reduce the impact that both trauma and addiction can have on the brain. There will also be the opportunity to attend two practice based workshops.

See the full programme here

Speaker’s presentations Master Copy

Workshop 1. Helping young people to understand brain development and the impact on behaviour (Hamish MacLean, Police Scotland Community Safety Liaison Officer & Rebecca Dawson, (CEA) Domestic Abuse Support, HMYOI Polmont)


Workshop 2. Identifying neurodevelopmental disorders: The complexity of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (Lorna Fulton, NHS Ayrshire & Arran Fetal Alcohol Advisory and Support Team & Dr Fiona McGruer, Assistant Psychologist)


Workshop 3. Using the Neurosequential Model in Education to promote Readiness for Learning (R4L) in pupils (Lesley Taylor, Educational Psychologist, Clackmannanshire Educational Psychology Service)

Workshop handout

Workshop 4. The SMARTS approach in practice: An example from the IVY Project (Dr Judith Piggot, Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Forth Valley, Lead Scottish Government Funded SMARTS Project & Dr Clare Neil, Clinical Psychologist)

Workshop handout

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Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice
University of Strathclyde
Lord Hope Building, Level 6
141 St. James Road Glasgow G4 0LT

(0141) 444 8622

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