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Opportunities to promote health to vulnerable male teenagers

Teenage boys comprise a vulnerable group who do not usually access health services. In 1959 the government launched a prison-building programme for young offenders - that included eight borstals and eight new detention centres. Borstals were used in the UK for delinquent boys aged 16-21 years, and the detention centres were intro-duced to give a ‘short, sharp shock’ to some adolescents.

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