Health & wellbeing and the criminal justice system

Leading Change: The Role of Local Authorities in Supporting Women with Multiple Needs

This joint report by the Prison Reform Trust, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Centre for Mental Health, and the Education Policy Institute outlines the role of Local Authorities in supporting women with multiple needs.

Most of the solutions to women’s offending lie outside the justice system in treatment for addictions and mental health problems, support out of violent and abusive relationships, secure housing, money and debt advice, skills for employment, and assistance for families.

Use this link to view the Prison Reform Trust report


Police and Public Health: Innovation in practice: an overview of collaboration across England

This paper came about through a request to identify examples of good practice in collaborations between police and public health, to support the October 2016 national summit exploring the opportunities for creating a shared purpose for Policing and Public Health.

It is intended to highlight both historic and current initiatives, and present an overview of new work that has only just started or is on the horizon for implementation. Whilst much of the work included has been evaluated, there are examples where the evidence base and/or evaluation data are not yet available. The case studies come from across the country, and are presented with the aim of stimulating discussion and sharing of learning between agencies with a view to developing a consensus statement between police and public health.

To see the full version visit Police and Public Health report


Mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system: draft guidance

This draft guidance seeks to improve the assessment, treatment and prevention of mental health problems in adults. When the guideline is finalised, it will apply to anyone who comes into contact with the English criminal justice system, including time spent serving a community or prison sentence, and any probationary periods. It highlights the need for all staff working within the criminal justice system to receive training to recognise and respond to mental health problems. Comments and feedback are currently being sought on this draft guidance until 18 November 2016.

View the full National Institue for Health and Care Excellence guidelines