The justice secretary says he wants to “really get to grips with the challenge of mental health in prisons” soon after next year’s general election. “I want every prisoner who needs it to have access to the best possible treatment. I want mental health to be the priority for our system,” he said in a speech on Monday to the Centre for Crime and Social Justice in London.
Greater Manchester Police was also criticized for their handling of rape incidents, with victims suffering from mental health, those young of age or intoxicated “more likely to receive a poor service.”
Council chiefs in Rochdale are refusing compensation to a victim of child sex abuse because they say that his claim is out of time.
Sir Cyril SmithTheir stance that the claim is “statute barred” could hit many who were sexually abused decades ago as children in the care of Rochdale borough council, where the paedophile MP Sir Cyril Smith was a dominant figure for many years.
The victim, whose identity Exaro is protecting and who asked to be referred to as “Peter”, said that from the age of 12 he suffered a horrendous catalogue of sexual abuse by a staff member at a children’s home.
Children and young people’s mental health services are too few, too poor and too stressed, causing untold suffering to children and their families. There are government inquiries, reviews and a new taskforce under way to address the issues, but what would services look like if they were working well?
Young people’s mental health services would be embedded in the heart of communities. This doesn’t mean ivory towers with big signs on the front of the building saying “mental health services” (we know how mental health stigma builds walls for young people who need help), but places that are young people-friendly, informal and welcoming.
Ministers should end the “scandal” of vulnerable children and young people suffering a mental health crisis being assessed in a police cell because of a nationwide shortage of proper psychiatric facilities, an influential MP has demanded.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, the chair of the Commons health select committee, said it was “wholly unacceptable” for under-18s who are picked up by the police because they are having a breakdown to be taken into cells rather than to a specialist medical unit.