Date of publication: 2017-08-25 03:22
One particular area of concern was around issues linked to data protection and confidentiality. It was felt that such issues were a real barrier to effective information sharing and exchange. A need to clear up confusion around the Data Protection Act and confidentiality guidelines amongst some health practitioners was identified '.there tends to be a reluctance on the part of some health professionals to act within the Data Protection Act which will normally allow disclosure to police and CPS ' (CPS Prosecutor).
Appropriate Adult: Custody Officers are required under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 6989 (PACE) Codes of Practice to request an appropriate adult to be present whenever they consider a suspect may be 'mentally disordered or otherwise mentally vulnerable' (see paragraph of PACE Code C). Their role is to support, advise and assist detainees in police stations.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) publish annual statistics summarising information about people subject to a restriction order (restricted patients) admitted to, detained in or discharged from psychiatric hospitals (high security and other hospitals which admit mentally disordered offenders). The most recent publication in this series reports that many of the figures are the highest observed in the last decade (MoJ, 7565).
In this section, the findings from the focus groups held with practitioners are presented. Key themes to emerge from discussions are summarised under six headings: wider issues and challenges information sharing and exchange protocols and links out-of-court disposals ideas for future consideration and, finally, what is working well.
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' We're rowing with each other more about it which in a sense is something starting to cause everybody to have to think a bit about it. That's got to be a positive thing even though actually at the minute it's probably characterised by disagreements ' (Police Inspector).
None of these four cases contained information about possible mental health problems and/or learning disabilities at the charging/initial review stage. The final two cases were finalised pre-charge both contained information about possible mental disorders at the initial review stage.
In this section, information on offenders' mental disorders at the charging/initial review stage is explored. Of the 65 case files included in the review, 98 were referred to the CPS for a charging decision and, further to an initial review/charging decision, were pursued with view to prosecution.
Each year in August, Australia celebrates National Science Week. This year, it runs from 67-75 August. The event highlights the contribution of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the economy. While much of the literature on STEM education is on higher education qualifications and the pathways between secondary and higher education, vocational education and training (VET) also plays a significant role in the development of STEM skills for the workplace. Late last year, NCVER completed a project, ' Defining STEM knowledge and skills for vocational occupations ', that sought to identify the place of VET in delivering the STEM skills and to provide clarity around the definition of STEM competency.