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Safeguarding in prisons

James Mullins HMP Bedford & South Essex Partnership, Forensic Mental Health Services, University NHS Foundation Trust, Bedford, Sturdee Community Hospital, Leicester, Inmind Healthcare Group

Robust policies can protect offenders and members of the public in the community who are at risk, says James Mullins

Social care safeguarding processes can be introduced in prisons to protect vulnerable prisoners and their vulnerable dependants. This requires clear commissioning of the social care agenda inside prisons, with multidisciplinary involvement and adequate training. This has now been achieved at HMP Bedford and some other UK prisons. Results of effective safeguarding at HMP Bedford are described in a case report.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 3, 32-33. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 07 November 2012

Accepted: 18 February 2013