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Mental Health Services: Young Offender Institutions

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on average in providing child and adolescent mental health services for each young offenders institution in each of the last eight years; and if he will make a statement. (226703)

Transfer of the responsibility for commissioning health services in young offender institutions, and adult prisons in England, commenced in 2003 and was fully devolved to the NHS by April 2006. Primary care trusts (PCTs) work with their partner establishments to develop a comprehensive health needs assessment of the population and commission on the basis of that need.

Since 2006 all funding, including funding for mental health, forms part of the wider health care allocation and is paid out as part of the NHS bundle and part of the PCT main allocation.

The Department has provided £1.5 million additional funding for 2007-08, repeated in 2008-09, to extend the range of child and adolescent mental health services in the secure estate for children and young people.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which child and adolescent mental health service inreach teams which carry out psychological assessments of young offenders at young offender institutions routinely carry out assessments of all offenders at those institutions; and if he will make a statement. (226709)

This information is not held centrally.

All young offenders receive health screening including mental health on reception into custody. This is via an evidence-based health screen used throughout all prisons in England and originally developed by Professor Grubin of the University of Newcastle.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of people who were serving sentences at each young offender institution who had been receiving treatment from child and adolescent mental health services prior to commencing their sentence in each of the last eight years. (226718)

This information is not available centrally.

The availability of health care records is something which Connecting for Health are actively pursuing through general practitioner (GP) to GP links. These systems are currently available in the wider community, but not yet available to the offender population.

Work is under way within the Department to look at GP registration for offenders and the road map for Prison Health IT as part of the future proofing for the current prison IT programme, and in recognition of any recommendations which fall out of the Bradley Review, CAMHS Review and the Children and Young People Health and Social Care Strategy, to ensure those wider Connecting for Health processes (such as GP registration and connectivity to the NHS spine) are made available to the wider offender population including young people.