Reaching out, reaching in: promoting mental health and emotional well-being in secure settings

KHAN Lorraine
Centre for Mental Health
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93p., bibliog.
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In 2007 the Department of Health and the Youth Justice Board commissioned the Centre for Mental Health to review mental health service provision in the young people’s secure estate in England. It aimed to: consider how provision compared with mental health services for children and young people in the community; consider the extent to which mental health services in secure settings meet the mental health and emotional well-being needs of young people; and disseminate examples of promising practice. Visits were made to healthcare and mental health teams covering: 13 young offender institutions; 5 secure children’s homes; 2 secure training centres. Overall, this research suggests that there is an urgent need for all secure units to develop an integrated, whole system and comprehensive approach to supporting the mental health and well-being of the very vulnerable children and young people in their custody and care and, no less important, to ensure that any improvements and progress made while in custody are supported and maintained following release.

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mental health problems, mental health services, secure accommodation, secure training centres, secure units, vulnerable children, young offender institutions, young offenders, young people, health needs;
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