Preventing deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions

Equality and Human Rights Commission, 23 February 2015

The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the findings of an inquiry into how the human rights of detainees with mental health conditions are protected across the health, prison and police settings. The Inquiry found failures to learn from lessons and implement recommendations has contributed to the deaths of people with mental health conditions detained across these settings.

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Assessing the risk of self-harm in an adult offender population: an incidence cohort study

National Institute for Health Research, October 2014

Self-harm is common among prisoners, particularly female prisoners. In 2007, concerned about the rising incidence, the prison service introduced a care-planning system called Assessment, Care in Custody, and Teamwork (ACCT). To date, it does not incorporate a standardised diagnostic test to estimate the risk of future self-harm.  This study aims to identify potential screening instruments, or items from those instruments, to predict the risk of self-harm among prisoners.

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