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A little knowledge is dangerous

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,675 views

Mental health has been creeping up the agenda in policing for some while now. I will confess to mixed feelings about this progress and I imagine that might surprise you. On the one hand, I’ve spent years banging on about…

Coercing other people

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,186 views

Policing and mental health services have many things in common (as well as some potentially insurmountable differences) but I want to consider one issue that is arguably the most controversial aspect: they are each systems of social control which involve…

Emergency service

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 712 views

I sometimes remember to marvel at some of my colleagues and did so again over the Christmas period – ordinary men and women doing an extraordinary job, away from their friends and families whilst we were at home – (it…

Assaults on NHS Staff

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,560 views

New figures released today show the reports made by the NHS of assaults on staff across the whole organisation and broken down by “sector”.  NHS Protect, a special business authority of the NHS across England, exists to protect NHS staff…

Words and deeds

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 871 views

If you were to try to determine the purpose and priorities of any organisation, you would probably need to look way beyond its spoken and printed words. You would examine what it did and what was critical, literally, to its…

So who is in charge?!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 829 views

Here’s what’s wrong with mental health care in the UK << he modestly claimed! No one is in charge of it – at all. It’s not a system – it’s a coincidence. You might want to pop the kettle on before you tackle this…

Male mental health

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 2,270 views

There are various things going on at the moment that got me thinking about male mental health.  Here are a range of different issues that have hit my radar over the last few years: 1.  We know that around 75% of…

My reaction to Adebowale

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,631 views

I thought myself very privileged to have been on the list of people to receive an embargoed copy of the Adebowale Report on Friday morning, two hours before the world saw it. Although I was due to be at work on an…

Police mental health

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 2,339 views

I am aware that several forces are reviewing, revising or writing afresh their internal policies on mental ill-health for staff. Policies about a force’s duty of care towards their police officers and employees. There are various reasons why this is…

Debating police powers

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 2,491 views

Recent debate has surfaced about police powers in private premises to deal with mental health incidents. Readers of the blog already know that the police, on their own, have no such powers under the Mental Health Act 1983. The impact of this…

Elephants in the room

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,154 views

I predict that in a decade or more, we will still know Nicola’s Edgington’s name. I really fear, as with many of these cases, that the public will have forgotten Sally Hodkin’s name and that it will be her family who…

Training day

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 4,527 views

On 17th February this year, the Observer published an article in the wake of the failed “Commissioner v ZH” appeal in which it was reported that “Hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money used by the commissioner to fight this case…

Twenty percent

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,261 views

How much of policing is connected to mental health issues? - obviously you could play all day with the definitions that would have to apply to any proper analysis of that question – what do you mean by “connected”; what…

Prison transfers

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,689 views

We’ve discussed the issue of ‘diversion’ (whatever that means) on this blog many times. It is often conceived as being something that happens before, at or just after the point of arrest and before people enter the justice system proper…

Lord Adebowale's Independent Commission

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 982 views

Today, the Independent Commission on Policing and Mental Health established by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has launched a website. The Commission, chaired by Lord Adebowale and involving ACPO Lead on Mental Health, Chief Constable Simon Cole, will ultimately publish their report in March 2013 on…

Autonomy, risk and the politics of control

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,187 views

Here’s a controversial and provoking thought: the Mental Health Act is not, ultimately, about healthcare. It’s about security. It’s not about individual autonomy and recovery, it’s about the politics of control. This is not my view: it is a position considered…