Mental disorder and probation policy and practice: a view from the UK

Brooker, Charlie and Denney, David and Sirdifield, Coral (2014) Mental disorder and probation policy and practice: a view from the UK. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37 (5). pp. 484-489. ISSN 0160-2527

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This article is concerned with the manner in which offenders with mental illnesses serving community sentences are identified and treated by the probation service in the UK. It presents the results of recent research examining the prevalence levels of current and lifetime mental illness, substance misuse, and dual diagnosis and suicide rates amongst those serving community sentences in the UK. These high levels of mental disorder are not being addressed by probation policy or practice in a manner that is effective or sensitive. The article concludes by considering the relevance of innovative approaches to the treatment of offenders with mental illnesses in the community currently being adopted in the US to the UK.

Keywords:probation, Mental illness, prevalence, substance misuse, Suicide, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
L Social studies > L560 Probation/After Care
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:07 May 2014 16:11

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