Centre for Mental Health has set up a new independent Commission to carry out a five-year-on review of the Bradley Report.

Chaired by Lord Bradley, the Commission of leading figures drawn from the fields of politics, criminal justice, policing, social care and health will review progress made in achieving the recommendations made in the report.

The Commission will focus on areas that were under-developed in the Bradley Report. These include the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic communities, young adults in transition and those with personality disorder as a part of multiple and complex needs. It will also examine how some of the report’s recommendations can be implemented following the major changes that have taken place in health and criminal justice services since 2009.

The Commission has published its final report. The members of the Commission are:

  •     Rt Hon Lord Bradley of Withington, PC
  •     Eric Allison - Prisons Correspondent, The Guardian
  •     Chief Constable Simon Cole - ACPO lead for Mental Health and Disability
  •     Sean Duggan - Chief Executive of Centre for Mental Health
  •     Lady Edwina Grosvenor
  •     John Lock JP - Council Member, Magistrates Association
  •     Gen the Lord Ramsbotham, GCB, CBE - former Chief Inspector of Prisons
  •     Jenny Talbot OBE - Care Not Custody Director, Prison Reform Trust

Bradley review

In December 2007, Lord Bradley was asked to carry out a review of how more offenders with severe mental health problems can be diverted away from prison and into more appropriate facilities.

The report made numerous recommendations for improvements including a call for Criminal Justice Mental Health teams to divert people in police stations as well as the courts.

We were involved with the Working Group for this review and submitted evidence based on our research projects. We also published a briefing paper on the report and the government's response. The review fed into the Improving health, supporting justice: the national delivery plan of the Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board.