Give young offenders speech and language therapy, urges Labour MP

Introducing speech and language therapy for young offenders would reduce re-offending and help them into employment on release, according to the chair of the business, innovation and skills Commons select committee.

Adrian Bailey told delegates at a Guardian fringe event at the Labour conference, sponsored by Transition to Adulthood, Business in the Community and Working Links, that a high proportion of young people who end up in custody are "virtually identifiable" at a pre-school age as they suffer enormous speech and language difficulties.