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Speaking up for troubled youths.

SOCIETY'S deep-rooted social problems must be sorted out to cut crime, an AM has claimed.

Welsh Tory Mark Isherwood spoke out after an event which highlighted the high prevalence of "communication disability" amongst offenders in Wales and the vital role of speech and language therapy in reducing the risk of offending and re-offending.

A report, Locked Up and Locked Out - Communication is the Key, shows more than 60% of young people in contact with youth offending teams have speech, language and communication needs.

A study of unemployed men found more than 88% were described as language impaired.

Mr Isherwood said: "As I have long argued, we must tackle the causes of the deep-rooted problems in our society today rather than merely treat the symptoms. Whilst crime and anti-social behaviour cannot be excused, neither can a failure to intervene early."
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 31, 2010
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