Helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities

Document type
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health; Great Britain. Home Office
Department of Health
Date of publication
23 October 2014
Mental health services, Health Services
Social welfare
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In the course of their day-to-day duties the police come into contact with a wide range of the public, in a variety of situations. For any number of reasons, individuals may, by virtue of individual characteristics or the situation they find themselves in, be particularly vulnerable and in need of specialised assistance at the point at which they come into contact with the police. While there is an expectation that the police will always seek to treat individuals with whom they come into contact fairly and professionally, it is important that they are able to identify those who may have particular needs or vulnerabilities, and that they can help address those needs.

Launched at the policing and mental health summit of October 2014, this booklet helps the police to identify those who may have particular needs or vulnerabilities and suggests the most appropriate response.

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