Mapping the introduction of a mental health awareness in custodial settings self‐directed workbook across eight care services improvement partnership patches

Charlie Brooker (Criminal Justice and Mental Health, University of Lincoln)
Coral Sirdifield (University of Lincoln)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Publication date: 11 December 2006

Abstract

Approximately 90% of prisoners experience mental health problems, substance misuse problems or both. However, prison reception screening tools are not always effective in enabling staff to identify mentally disordered prisoners. Therefore, to ensure that these individuals get access to appropriate care, custodial staff should be trained in recognising the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, and in effectively working with these individuals. This paper charts the pilot implementation of a mental health awareness workbook designed for use in custodial settings across England. It examines the variety of approaches adopted to implement the workbook, staff views on the usefulness of the workbook, and barriers to implementation encountered in each area. Recommendations made for best practice in delivering the workbook in other areas suggest a need for changes to its format, but also that time should be ring‐fenced for staff to participate in this training, in groups led by experts such as in‐reach team members.

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Brooker, C. and Sirdifield, C. (2006), "Mapping the introduction of a mental health awareness in custodial settings self‐directed workbook across eight care services improvement partnership patches", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 29-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556228200600028

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