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/mhp2013.11.17.3.32.e816Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 07 November 2012
Accepted: 18 February 2013