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In Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Roundtable: Current Issues and New Directions in Creating Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Systems

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Carly B. Dierkhising; Susan Ko; Jane Halladay Goldman
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3 pages
This brief paper is based on a roundtable discussion of current issues and new directions in creating trauma-informed juvenile justice systems.
This report is based on the results of a 2-day roundtable discussion exploring current issues and new directions in creating trauma-informed juvenile justice systems. The Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Roundtable included trauma experts and key stakeholders from all aspects of the juvenile justice system who evaluated the current state of the field in terms of resources, practices, and interventions, and identified gaps in the existing knowledge and resource base. The discussion identified the following elements that should be included in a trauma-informed juvenile justice system: 1) utilize trauma screening and assessment and evidence-based trauma treatments designed for justice settings; 2) partner with families to reduce the potential traumatic experience of justice involvement; 3) collaborate across systems to enhance continuity of care; 4) create a trauma-responsive environment of care; and 5) reduce disproportionate minority contact and address disparate treatment of minority youth. Based on these findings, future discussions are required to continue to define and create trauma-informed juvenile justice systems.