Health, Social Care and Sport
Committee’s spotlight inquiry will focus on partnership working between the
police, health and social care services (and others), to prevent people with
mental health problems being taken into police custody, to ensure their
appropriate treatment while in custody, and to help ensure the right level of
support is provided when leaving custody. The inquiry will consider:
- Whether there are sufficient
services (i.e. health and social care services) available to support
police officers in Wales to divert people with mental health problems away
from police custody.
- The number of
people arrested under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, and the
extent to which police custody is being used as a place of safety for
people in mental health crisis.
- Whether local
authorities and health services are meeting their duties and complying fully
with legislative requirements to provide appropriate places of safety to
which the police may take people detained under section 136 of the Mental
Health Act 1983.
- Adherence to
the Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983 which requires that people
detained under that Act should always be conveyed to hospital in the
manner most likely to protect their dignity and privacy – taking account
of any risks (i.e. by ambulance which should be made available in a timely
way, as opposed to police transport).
- How effectively
police forces in Wales work with partners (such as health or social care
services) to safeguard vulnerable people in police custody, and how well
the police themselves identify and respond to vulnerable people detained
in custody, specifically those arrested under section 136 of the Mental
Health Act 1983.
effectiveness of multi-agency care planning for people with mental health
problems when leaving custody, specifically for those detained in police
custody under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 to help to prevent
effective joint working arrangements are in place, with a specific focus
on implementation of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, including
whether the Welsh Government is providing sufficient oversight and leadership.
deadline for responses is 15 March 2019. Please send your views to: SeneddHealth@assembly.wales
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