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.
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.