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Nearly three quarters of Scotland’s prison population will experience mental health issues, according to latest figures. However many prison staff don’t have enough training or understanding to support prisoners and fellow staff as well as they would like. To tackle this the ‘Seeing the Person, Seeing Ourselves’ project is working…
The chief inspector of adult social care has warned the sector is under "stress and strain" - as figures reportedly reveal more than 150 allegations of abuse against the frail and elderly are being lodged every day. Andrea Sutcliffe said cuts in funding has put pressure on carers, who can…
A booklet written by a researcher from the University of Bristol with the aim of helping friends and family members to support victims of domestic abuse is being distributed to hundreds of locations across the city. Called ‘It might be nothing, but it could mean everything’, the 20-page booklet was…
Cardiff University psychologists have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the test measures the extent to which adults are affected by repetitive behaviours – one of the criteria used to diagnose autism. These behaviours…
A study by researchers at the University of York and Crisis shows how intervening to help people when they first become homeless makes good economic sense, saving between £3,000 and £18,000 for every person helped. Researchers in the Centre for Housing Policy used scenarios based on large scale studies of…
A trafficking victim who was forced into prostitution around Europe after being groomed to believe she was going to be a model has spoken of her relief at finding refuge in a UK safe house. Emma (not her real name), 23, was working as a hairdresser and studying part-time for…
The UK National Preventative Mechanism (UK NPM) have just launched their new website. The UK NPM was established for the protection of people in detention through independent monitoring and is made up of 20 statutory bodies that monitor places of detention. In coordination across the four home nations, the UK…
Charities acting for prisoners have won permission from the Court of Appeal to challenge legal aid cuts they say are "inherently unfair" and threaten to cause injustice to vulnerable inmates. Three appeal judges overturned a High Court ruling that blocked the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners' Advice…
The prevention of suicide in middle-aged men should be made a priority, a study has urged, warning that deaths in mental health patients have become "substantially more common". Factors including alcohol misuse, isolation, unemployment and debt add to the risk of suicide in male patients and need to be addressed,…
A new report from the Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care (CAAPC) has published it's interim findings into the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric beds and alternatives to admission available for patients. There is evidence - some quantified, some anecdotal - of difficulties in admissions, variable services for patients in…
Between June 2014 and April 2015, The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) led a project to explore the perceptions of, and approaches to, innovation in homelessness prevention in Scotland. Through engagement with a variety of partners including local authorities, third sector, health and Scottish Government, the…
NHS England has said it will take urgent action after finding a "high level of inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in people with learning disabilities". A report estimated that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an anti-psychotic, an anti-depressant or both without appropriate clinical justification.…