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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.

    Item Type: Article
    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 & 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 14:44
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:58

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