ROTA (October 2013) Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and London’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities – a discussion paper

Between November 2011 and February 2013, ROTA delivered the Shaping the Future seminar series, which considered educational reforms and the current state of play in terms of educational inequality. A concerning discussion point that came up at many of the seminars was that growing numbers of BAME children and young people are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and pressurized to take medication by healthcare professionals and schools.

ROTA has just launched a paper and survey to explore this discussion point further. Read the paper HERE and access the survey HERE.

In particular, we feel it very important to find out:

  • If BAME children and young people are over-represented among those diagnosed/mis-diagnosed with ADHD (and which BAME groups are most likely to be diagnosed)
  • About BAME children and young people’s experiences of treatment following diagnosis (e.g. medication, access to therapies, rates of exclusion from school)
  • If educational provision for BAME children and young people diagnosed with ADHD is sufficient
  • About attitudes among BAME communities towards ADHD and its treatment.

The survey closes on 20th December 2013.


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