144,554 members

Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

News

NICE advocates annual mental checks for offenders

 

Start sharing

If you've got news you'd like to share, let us know and we'll consider it for our news section.
 

NICE advocates annual mental checks for offenders

NICE has published final guidance saying that people who are diagnosed with a mental health problem within the criminal justice system should receive annual checks, and staff should be trained to spot the warning signs.

New final guidance from NICE aims to address the gaps in how mental health is diagnosed and treated within the criminal justice system.

The guidance says everyone working in the criminal justice system should work more closely together to provide the best care possible. Ad hoc mental health checks need to be carried out when an offender experiences a major life event, such as difficult court case or transfer to a different custodial setting, the guidance says.