The views of professionals, service users and carers on the codes of practice and legislation

Graham Durcan

18 December 2014

The report is based on meetings and interviews with health and social care professionals, police officers, commissioners, service users and carers who have had experience of the use of Sections 135 and 136. It is published alongside the Government's report of its findings based on evidence it received from the Centre and other research.

The Centre's Review finds that for many people being detained by the police was a frightening experience. The use of Section 135 powers in a person’s home was especially traumatic for those who had experienced it. The report concludes that the use of police powers under the Mental Health Act has to change. 

Audience: Government, policy makers, police, mental health services. 

Free to download below.

Download Review of sections 135 & 136 PDF (635 KB)