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Prison mental health in-reach teams in England: the care programme approach and sexual abuse/violence

  • Charles G. D. Brooker (a1) and Andrew Forrester (a2)
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Prison mental health in-reach teams have doubled in size over the past decade and case-loads have reduced. Since 2010 it has been mandatory for keyworkers to ask whether prisoners with serious mental illness being treated under the care programme approach have experienced sexual or physical abuse. This is known as routine enquiry and should take place for these prisoners but NHS England, the commissioners, do not audit this activity. It is time to review current interventions and their associated outcomes.

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Charles G. D. Brooker, Centre for Criminology and Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK. Email: charlie.brooker@rhul.ac.uk
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Prison mental health in-reach teams in England: the care programme approach and sexual abuse/violence

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