By Phillip J. Vaughan, Douglas Badger
In the earlier forensic psychiatry has been a sub-speciality of common psychiatry with out its personal, separate id. notwithstanding, because the mid-1980s there was a transforming into in terest within the software of group care ideas to mentally disordered offenders. a brand new set of attitudes have constructed that have enabled the mentally disordered criminal to emerge from relative institutional obscurity to a far greater profile in the neighborhood. even if numerically small relating to the final psychiatric inhabitants, forensic sufferers are likely to allure the general public' s cognizance via advantage in their better propensity for frustrating behaviour. one of these crew wishes specialist group aid on the way to preserve an accepta bie public face. regrettably those advancements have outstripped the construction of educating possibilities for neighborhood employees charged with their aid and supervision. such a lot group practi tioners have needed to study 'on the activity' with insufficient aid and supervision from senior employees, who of ten have much less direct adventure of operating with this patron staff than themselves. simply one of these state of affairs triggered the authors, in 1990, to set up a module on 'Working with Mentally Disordered Offenders in the neighborhood' as a part of an MA in Social W ork on the collage of analyzing. because the path constructed it turned transparent that the subject and content material had equivalent program to different group pros operating within the field.
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G. prisoner on remand. Readers who require a more detailed description and analysis of the workings of the Mental Health Act 1983 are referred to the comprehensive text The Law of Mental Health (Williams, 1990). Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Section 66) The original Codes of Practice for the above Act were introduced in January 1986 and revised with effect from 1 April 1991 (Home Office, 1991). Annexe E to Code C summarizes the provision rei ating to mentally disordered and mentalIy handicapped persons.
The actual number of prisoners requiring mental health care is not known but it is thought that 2%-3% of sentenced prisoners have a psychiatric illness and that a greater percentage is to be found among the remand population. Increasing numbers of prisoners are also found to be suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, personality disorder and neurotic illnesses. Recent research by Gunn et al. (1991) suggests that between 750 and 1400 sentenced prisoners may currently require transfer to hospital for psychiatric treatment.