Lord Adebowale responds to Mental Health detention figures from HSCIC

News item posted: 19 June 2017

In response to figures released today by the HSCIC which show that Mental Health Act detentions continue to rise while use of place of safety orders fall, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing said;

"Whilst it is positive that the number of people detained in a police station as a Place of Safety under the mental health act has fallen since last year we still need to address the fact that police stations were used for one in three known Place of Safety Orders. This is not acceptable.

As detailed in the Mental Health and Policing Commission's report, published earlier this year, the very term 'a place of safety' is a problematic one. In our report the Commission called for fewer but much better-resourced, clinically-led centres with staff who are highly trained and can respond to the police in emergencies. We would not expect someone in a physical health crisis to be taken to a police station for their own safety; if we want true parity of esteem between mental and physical health we need to address this head on."