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Friday, 03 November 2017 21:48

HALF-HOUR CHECKS

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Well, it’s all now official: the Mental Health Act 1983 will be amended by the provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 with effect from midnight on 11th December 2017. The regulations were laid in Parliament today for a) commencement of the change; and b) the use of Police Stations as a Place of Safety and we can now stare straight down the barrel of what we know has been coming for around three years.
 
The big surprise in these developments has been the extent to which it will become very difficult to use police custody as a Place of Safety, at all. We knew the amendments would ban such use for children, but we always understood that police stations could continue to be used for adults in exceptional circumstances. Whilst there were various hints in the consultation document from 2014 and various other clues during the informal discussions which occurred between the Home Office and the NPCC / College of Policing, we obviously couldn’t be certain of anything until such time as the Regulations were published – and that happened today.
 
We now know it will be a strict requirement whilst police stations are being used for this purpose that detainees’ health is checked by a healthcare professional ..........


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