The Big Reports

I’ve often referred to the stack of reports on my shelf at home which have been published over the years and touch upon my treasured Venn diagram of policing, mental health and criminal justice.  Well, those thousands of pages all went for recycling recently and I decided to put links to them all on one post so they can be referred to electronically, as and when required.

This is mainly for my own benefit, to be fair(!) but I hope it’s helpful to you, too!

In addition to thematic reviews on stuff, there are also a number of guidelines which have been published which touch on these matters, to one extent or another.  They are often the product of thematic reports.

IOPC (and IPCC) reports on deaths in police custody or following police contact —

Finally, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and Health Inspectorate Wales (HIW) publish annual reports about their monitoring of the Mental Health Act 1983.  All the published reports I can find are here –

* for the avoidance of doubt, there is no report specific to either 2011/12 or 2012/13; merely the double year report linked above.

What is not included on this page, but may be added as things go along, are Preventing Future Death reports from individual inquests or the case-law which is relevant to this area, which I have covered on another page. I may add to this page as others come to mind that I didn’t print off at some stage and, inevitably, as others emerge in coming months and years!

You might remember I’ve argued on here that the challenge is to take those things we know from clinical guidelines, legal guidelines and judgments and come up with a ‘theory of stuff’ on policing and mental health.  How do you we express ALL of the above in a few statements about the role of the police. Remember, policing is not the problem here: the extent to which we over-rely upon the police is the problem. In my view, these reports are the evidence for this way of looking at things.

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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 –


2 thoughts on “The Big Reports

  1. All the best for the New Year and thank you for the above. I am the custody trainer for Merseyside police and can only agree that increasingly we are finding our custody staff having to make difficult ethical decisions when it comes to mental health crisis within the custody environment. The decisions sometimes having to make are not police decisions as we would normally perceive them but humane and care decisions that are being made because of failures in the very fabric of mental health provision. These decisions when it comes to basic care sometimes call our custody Sgts to have to work outside APP, PACE, and our influenced only by that human instinct to care for our fellow human in distress. Your blog is a continued support when it comes to trying understanding that lonely place where legislation and guidance has to give way to basic humanity.
    Thank you
    Sgt Frank McCreadie

    1. Policing’s a team game, Frank – as soon as someone tells me it’s not a support to frontline cops, I’ll stop doing it. Meanwhile, I’ll take all the abuse and sarcasm they want to throw if it’s helping prevent the troops standing in the lonely operational places I’ve stood, no doubt you have, too.

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