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The first three years of a community forensic service for people with a learning disability

Carl Benton (University of Central England & South Birmingham Primary Care Trust Community Forensic Team)
Ashok Roy (Brian Oliver Centre, Birmingham)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Article publication date: 1 June 2008

Abstract

This paper reports on the first three years of a community forensic team in Birmingham working with individuals with learning disabilities who have offended or are at risk of doing so. Using an interprofessional model, the team provided assessment, intervention and management, enabling individuals to live in the least restrictive environment. There were 113 referrals, the majority (94%) of whom were males. Only 26 had been convicted. The problems this raised for the team are discussed, along with the cost‐effectiveness, impact on admission rates and benefits of providing such a service. Two case scenarios are presented to highlight some of the issues encountered by the team. The paper supports the development of such services.

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Benton, C. and Roy, A. (2008), "The first three years of a community forensic service for people with a learning disability", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 4-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636646200800008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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