Rise in the use of section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales: a viewpoint on Loughran (2018)

Cresswell, M (2019) 'Rise in the use of section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in England and Wales: a viewpoint on Loughran (2018).' Medicine, Science and the Law. ISSN 0025-8024

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Abstract

This article provides a critical viewpoint on Loughran’s recent work in 'Medicine, Science and the Law' on the causes of the rise in the police’s use of section 136 (s136) of the Mental Health Act 1983 (Loughran M. Detention under section 136: why is it increasing? 'Med Sci Law' 2018; 58: 268–274). The rate of this rise seems significant: by 2014, it was five times more likely that a person in England would be detained in a hospital under s136 than it was in 2000, and the trend has continued to the present day. This viewpoint considers the significance of the s136 rise from the theoretical perspective of causal analysis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: forensic psychiatry, law, police, place of safety, section 136, detention
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0025802419896916
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 12:48
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 14:26
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