Crime & disabled people: Measures of disability-related harassment – 2016 update

Equality and Human Rights Commission, September 2016

This report provides the latest data for England, Wales and Scotland against the following Manifesto for Change measures, with analysis of change over time:

  • number of victims of hate crimes
  • proportion of disability-related crime incidents reported to the police
  • satisfaction with police handling of crime incidents
  • experience of any crime in the previous 12 months
  • worry about being a victim of crime

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Government’s U turn on custodial healthcare will endanger vulnerable people, says BMA

BMJ, 30 December 2015

The UK government’s decision to drop plans to transfer police custodial healthcare commissioning to the NHS in England has been criticised by the BMA, which fears that it will put vulnerable people at risk of harm….

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PCC Spotlight: Mental Health

Revolving Doors, June 2015

Revolving Doors have published their latest ‘PCC Spotlight’ briefing, highlighting promising work by Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to improve responses for people facing mental health problems.  The briefing argues that PCCs are in an important position locally to bring key strategic partners together and improve responses to people with mental health problems that come into contact with the police, and highlights areas of promising practice.

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Mental health and policing improving crisis care

NHS Confederation, 26 January 2015

This joint briefing by the Mental Health Network (MHN) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) highlights emerging good practice to deliver improved care for people in mental health crisis. It demonstrates our organisations’ commitment to the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat (‘the Concordat’).

Key points:

  • Too many people in mental health crisis have been detained in police custody when they need urgent mental healthcare instead.
  • People with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population.
  • Close partnership working can prevent a crisis escalating and significantly improve an individual’s wellbeing and recovery.
  • The police and mental health providers need to clearly understand each other’s legal powers, roles and responsibilities.
  • Triage models should be locally determined according to context and need.
  • More work is needed to support multi-agency information sharing.
  • NHS commissioners need to work with providers to ensure that there are enough health-based places of safety.
  • NHS commissioners should ensure that sufficient services are in place for 24/7 provision to meet local need.

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Service user experience key to changing Mental Health Act police powers and improving care in a crisis, says new report

Centre for Mental Health, December 2014

This report finds that the use of police powers under the Mental Health Act is a major concern for service users, family carers and professionals alike. It concludes that the use of police powers under the Mental Health Act has to change. In most cases, change could be achieved through better use of existing powers. In all cases, heeding the voices of people who have been detained under these sections is vital to ensure any changes to police powers or their application improve people’s experiences.

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Mentally-ill teenagers no longer to be held in cells

BBC News, 18 December 2014

Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a “place of safety”.  Home Secretary Theresa May will announce later an overhaul of mental health laws in England and Wales…

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Helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities

The Home Office, 23 October 2014

Launched at the policing and mental health summit of October 2014, this booklet helps the police to identify those who may have mental health problems, learning disabilities or other vulnerabilities and suggests the most appropriate response.

Click here to download the guidance.