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Exploration of joint working practices on anti-social behaviour between criminal justice, mental health and social care agencies : a qualitative study. / Krayer, Anne; Robinson, Catherine; Poole, Robert.

Yn: Health and Social Care in the Community, Cyfrol 26, Rhif 3, 05.2018, t. e431-e441.

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T1 - Exploration of joint working practices on anti-social behaviour between criminal justice, mental health and social care agencies

T2 - a qualitative study

AU - Krayer, Anne

AU - Robinson, Catherine

AU - Poole, Robert

PY - 2018/5

Y1 - 2018/5

N2 - Although the police play an important role for people with mental ill-health in the community, little is known about joint working practices between mental health, social care and the police force. There is potential for tensions and negative outcomes for people with mental ill-health, in particular when the focus is on behaviours that could be interpreted as anti-social. This study explores perceptions about joint working between mental health, social care and police services with regard to anti-social behaviour. We conducted a multi-method sequential qualitative study in the UK collecting data between April 2014 and August 2016. Data was collected from two study sites in the form of 60 narrative police logs of routinely gathered information, and semi-structured interviews and focus groups with professionals from a range of statutory and third sector organisations (N = 55). Data sets were analysed individually, using thematic, iterative coding before integrating the findings. We also looked at sequencing and turning points in the police logs. Findings suggested a continuum of joint working practices, with examples more likely to be on the lower end, away from the policy ideal of partnership working as being central to mainstream activities. Joint working was driven by legal obligations and concerns about risk rather than a focus on the needs of a person with mental ill-health. This was complicated by different perceptions of the police role in mental health. Adding anti-social behaviour to this mix intensified challenges as conceptualisation of the nature of the problem and agreeing on best practice and care is open to interpretations and judgements. What is of concern is an evident lack of awareness of these issues. There is a need to reflect on joint working practices, including processes and goals, keeping in mind the health and welfare needs of people with mental ill-health.

AB - Although the police play an important role for people with mental ill-health in the community, little is known about joint working practices between mental health, social care and the police force. There is potential for tensions and negative outcomes for people with mental ill-health, in particular when the focus is on behaviours that could be interpreted as anti-social. This study explores perceptions about joint working between mental health, social care and police services with regard to anti-social behaviour. We conducted a multi-method sequential qualitative study in the UK collecting data between April 2014 and August 2016. Data was collected from two study sites in the form of 60 narrative police logs of routinely gathered information, and semi-structured interviews and focus groups with professionals from a range of statutory and third sector organisations (N = 55). Data sets were analysed individually, using thematic, iterative coding before integrating the findings. We also looked at sequencing and turning points in the police logs. Findings suggested a continuum of joint working practices, with examples more likely to be on the lower end, away from the policy ideal of partnership working as being central to mainstream activities. Joint working was driven by legal obligations and concerns about risk rather than a focus on the needs of a person with mental ill-health. This was complicated by different perceptions of the police role in mental health. Adding anti-social behaviour to this mix intensified challenges as conceptualisation of the nature of the problem and agreeing on best practice and care is open to interpretations and judgements. What is of concern is an evident lack of awareness of these issues. There is a need to reflect on joint working practices, including processes and goals, keeping in mind the health and welfare needs of people with mental ill-health.

KW - Mental health

KW - anti-social behaviour

KW - partnership working

KW - police

KW - joined working

KW - mental health service provision

U2 - 10.1111/hsc.12543

DO - 10.1111/hsc.12543

M3 - Article

VL - 26

SP - e431-e441

JO - Health and Social Care in the Community

JF - Health and Social Care in the Community

SN - 0966-0410

IS - 3

ER -