The contribution of mental health services to a new strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services

Brooker, C., Edmondson, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-0224-1997 and Hughes, L., 2019. The contribution of mental health services to a new strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 64, pp. 45-48. ISSN 1752-928X

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Abstract

A new strategy for sexual assault and abuse services was published by NHS England earlier this year. It called for better coordination of services along the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) pathway following a sexual assault including mental health services for children, young people and adults. Previous research has highlighted the fact that up to two-thirds of those attending SARCs either have a history of mental health problems or are being currently treated for one. The NHS England commissioning guidance for SARCs calls for clear pathways between SARCs and different types of mental health services including: Community mental health teams (CMHTs); child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) or crisis teams (CTs). In this survey of Mental Health Trusts, using freedom of information requests (FOIs) we found that very few mental health services had formally negotiated pathways with SARCs however there were several examples of good practice which it is important to report. We conclude that there is an important role for CCG and NHS England commissioners and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in improving the relationships between SARCs and Mental Health Services.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: The current contribution of mental health services to a new strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services
Publication Title: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Creators: Brooker, C., Edmondson, A. and Hughes, L.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: May 2019
Volume: 64
ISSN: 1752-928X
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.jflm.2019.04.001DOI
S1752928X1930023XPublisher Item Identifier
1322309Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Jun 2020 08:33
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 14:42
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39960

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