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Title: An exploration of mental health triage and support in the criminal justice system : attitudes and experiences of professionals supporting people with mental health needs
Author: Miller, Raselle
ISNI:       0000 0004 5990 6405
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2016
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A review of existing literature shows that there is a lack of research regarding appropriate adult schemes for vulnerable adults in England and Wales. Little is known about how appropriate adults construct and understand their role. Given this, the present study aimed to explore ‘professional’ appropriate adults’ accounts of working to support adults with mental health needs during their time in police custody. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine ‘professional’ appropriate adults attending police custody settings to support adults identified as mentally vulnerable according to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984). A grounded theory method was used to collect and analyse the data. The core concept generated in the analysis was that appropriate adults ‘construct and manage multiple identities’ when working in their role. There were four categories identified as being part of this process: ‘what is PACE?’; ‘in negotiation with the police’; ‘in negotiation with the clients’ and ‘my appropriate adult scheme’. A complex negotiation and dynamic understanding of each category influenced participants’ construction of their identities as an appropriate adult, and how they went about carrying out their work. The findings are discussed, and recommendations for training, policy review and further research are outlined.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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