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The new post reflects on the recent reports of an 11yr old girl detained repeatedly in police custody and subjected to the use of a so-called ‘spit-hood’. I don’t think there’s anyone who argues that this was edifying, but there is a reality limit to how well the police can handle the complex issues arising from the detention of a seriously unwell, disabled child where they are exhibiting such challenging behaviours. The post doesn’t seek to defend the admitted short-comings of the police service concerned, but to ask the questions of what we want our police service to do, when they are not in control of all the factors that deliver an acceptable outcome?
I was proud to be awarded the The President’s Medal in 2015 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a –
“Significant contribution to the lives of people with mental illness.”
– Professor Sir Simon WESSLEY.
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– Part One – general framework affecting all detainees.
– Part Two – issues variously affecting detainess.
– Part Three – how PACE relates to the MHA in custody.
– Part Four – detailed vignettes on PACE / MHA.
Temporary Reduction in Output!
I’m in the process of updating, tidying and re-indexing all 500+ posts on this blog and in the process of organising print copies of all my posts into hardcopy folders. As such, I’ll be writing less until this is complete. I also changed the ‘theme’ of the BLOG well over a year ago and need to reformat some of the posts so they don’t look odd and old!
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