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Boats against the current: vulnerable adults in police custody

Cummins, ID 2007, 'Boats against the current: vulnerable adults in police custody' , The Journal of Adult Protection, 9 (1) , pp. 15-24.

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Abstract

One effect of the policy of deinstitutionalisation has been to increase police contact with people, who are experiencing the effects of acute mental illness. Policy documents such as Home Office circular 66/90 recognise that adults with mental health problems are especially vulnerable within the criminal justice system. The overall aim of policy is that vulnerable adults should be diverted to mental health services at the earliest opportunity unless the offence is so serious that this would not be in the public interest. However, there is little concrete evidence of the success of this policy. The result is that police officers have an increasing role to play in working with individuals experiencing acute mental health problems. In this process, custody officers have a key role to play as decision-makers as to whether the protections that PACE (1984) offers to vulnerable adults should apply. This article is based on a small-scale indicative research study, which examined how officers make these decisions and the training that they receive relating to mental health issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Offenders, mental illness, custody officers, protection
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention
Subjects / Themes > K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Adult Protection
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 14668203
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Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2009 13:18
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:58
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2153

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