A place of safety? Self-harming behaviour in police custody
Cummins, ID 2008, 'A place of safety? Self-harming behaviour in police custody' , The Journal of Adult Protection, 10 (1) , pp. 36-47.
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The custody environment is not designed nor can it hope to meet the needs of individuals who are experiencing acute mental distress. The article reports the findings of analysis of the recorded incidents of self-harm that occurred in the custody of one English police force during an eight-month period in 2006. There were 168 such incidents in this period. The ratio of male/female detained persons, who harmed themselves was 3:1. The most common method used was a ligature either from the detained person’s own clothes or the paper suits that are used in custody. Alcohol or substance misuse was identified as a clear risk factor. The police response is analysed and recommendations made for improved access to health care for those in custody.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Self-harm, police custody, vulnerable adults|
|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 > Centre for Social Justice Research
|Journal or Publication Title:||The Journal of Adult Protection|
|Depositing User:||Institutional Repository|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jun 2009 14:44|
|Last Modified:||16 Mar 2012 16:05|
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