A valuable resource on practice and policy, aimed at minimising disadvantage to already vuinerable people, this groundbreaking book helps us mind the gap between two systems that can appear to be in conflict...over aims, methods, philosophy. Whilst the health and social care systems in the main treat and support those with mental disorders, the criminal justice system deals with them primarily as offenders, victims or witnesses. This latter approach tends to ignore their mental health needs. You will find help here in addressing problems in inter-agency working, and in gaining greater awareness of the ways in which people who have a mental disorder are vuinerable within and between both systems, be this in institutional settings or where they are detained by the police. The crucial issues of risk assessment and risk management for people with mental disorders, and diversion from custody, are fully covered. A relatively new and unexamined area of concern within the criminal justice system - that of mentally disordered people who are victims of or witnesses to a crime - is discussed. Each chapter contains helpful summaries and case studies which identify the relevant legal provisions, research evidence and related publications. The book as a whole will enable those working in the mental health system to become more aware of policy and practice in the criminal justice system - and vice versa. It will contribute to breaking down the barriers between the two systems, so that the rights and safety of mentally disordered people can be better balanced with the protection of the public.
Publisher: Russell House Publishing Ltd
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 210 x 143 mm
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