‘Forensics in Children and Adolescents’ – Foreword from Guest Editor Dr Mark Lovell

Dr Mark Lovell


Dr Mark Lovell is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Psychiatrist, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. He is an ACAMH Board Member and the Lead for CPD and Training.

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Welcome to the ‘Forensics in Children and Adolescents’ themed edition of The Bridge, covering the intersection of science, clinical practice and the criminal justice system.

Society has long sought to understand through philosophy and science, what makes people commit crimes or engage in antisocial behaviours. This is a specialist area within child and adolescent mental health services with high variation in service provision despite initiatives at a national levels.

The area of forensics is often not well understood within non-forensic services, and the risks involved raise anxieties within clinicians and the multiagency setting as well as for parents and carers. Research is developing in this area, and our understanding of psychological traits and associated other difficulties, e.g. learning, neurodevelopmental disorders and addictions. It is also developing our understanding, through the evidence base, of the costs to individuals and society.

Within this issue, there are summaries based upon journal articles from ACAMH’s suite of journals- JCPP and CAMH as well as commissioned pieces on this topic matter giving food for thought.

I hope you find this edition helpful. This pdf has some of the articles from the Forensic issue of The Bridge, please feel free to share this and the direct links below with colleagues. Email publications@acamh.org with details of what you’d like to see in future.

Articles from this edition

Reconstructing child psychopathy

Functional Family Therapy does not reduce ASB or offending in youths

Psychosocial interventions for disruptive behaviour problems are feasible in low and middle-income countries

Children at risk of developing antisocial behaviours show deficits in affective empathy

Language impairment needs more recognition in the juvenile justice system

Police contact during adolescence can delay female psychosocial maturation

Low empathy in adolescent boys predicts violent behaviour in adulthood

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