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Working in partnership with probation: The first two years of a mental health worker scheme in a probation service in Wandsworth

  • Andrea Cohen (a1), Nick Bishop (a2) and Matthew Hegarty (a1)
Abstract
Aims and method

To describe the characteristics of probationers assessed (n=83) and supported (n=31) by a mental health worker (MHW) attached to a probation service. A survey of cases and case descriptions.

Results

Referrals were predominantly White, unemployed males on probation orders. Most had acquisitive/property and violent convictions along with substance misuse problems and personality disorder diagnoses. The MHW supported probationers already in contact with psychiatric services and provided a safety net and sometimes sole support, to those who were not.

Clinical implications

The MHW helped to bridge the gap between criminal justice and mental health systems by facilitating contact between probationers and psychiatric services. The clinical effectiveness of the scheme should now be examined.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence: Department of Clinical Psychology, Salomon Centre, Broomhill Rd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 0TG
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Working in partnership with probation: The first two years of a mental health worker scheme in a probation service in Wandsworth

  • Andrea Cohen (a1), Nick Bishop (a2) and Matthew Hegarty (a1)
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