- This guide is an attempt to “operationalise” complex issues and you should refer to your area’s policy and your supervisors for specific local requirements.
- This is a mnemonic to assist in establishing whether a non-criminal incident, involving the administration of health and / or social care processes should involve the police.
- It is a starting point for discussions, not an end point.
- And it relates to the heightened potential for risks which are legitimately beyond the ability of NHS or Local Authority staff to manage after employing their normal procedures.
- These are the grounds upon which it could be argued that the police should be involved in support NHS processes to implement mental health law.
- Where there are NO ‘RAVE risks‘, it could be argued that there is no statutory responsibility for the police to undertake health or social care functions;
- Whether the police then choose to do so, will be case by case, in light of other demands and in line with the Chief Constable’s views on how to deploy their officers.
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I try to keep this blog up to date, but inevitably over time, amendments to the law as well as court rulings and other findings from inquests and complaints processes mean it is difficult to ensure all the articles and pages remain current. Please ensure you check all legal issues in particular and take appropriate professional advice where necessary.
Government legislation website – http://www.legislation.gov.uk