Consultation about the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offenders, Wandsworth

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From April to June 2017 Healthwatch Wandsworth investigated the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offenders in their borough. To do this Healthwatch Wandsworth circulated a survey inviting local people to tell them what is the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offenders in Wandsworth? Consultation Survey The survey was devised to collect information from ex-offenders, service providers and other interested stakeholders in order to understand what are the main mental health challenges faced by prisoners and ex-offenders in London, and what the Mayor and the London Assembly can do to support better mental health for this group. The survey was open from 12th April 2017 to 30th June 2017. They received a total of 8 responses to our survey. Conclusions and Recommendations The central importance of housing was the overall theme emerging from answers to all questions. Having an insecure housing situation was the factor most identified as affecting poor mental health and preventing people from building a new life on release from prison. It was also the issue people wanted more support with. A need for more mental health support services and supportive activities, such as interest groups focused on physical exercise was highlighted. They found many organisations that had been supporting offenders and ex-offenders struggling to fund or continue their activities or lacking a local focus. This may highlight a gap in provision of services in Wandsworth that provide support before they find themselves in prison or when they leave. Statistics highlighted at the beginning of this report show that there is a clear need to be addressed because there is a very high level of prevalence of mental health conditions amongst prisoners.

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General details

Report title 
Consultation about the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offenders, Wandsworth
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wandsworth
Date of publication 
Friday, 30 June, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 12 April, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 30 June, 2017
Type of report 
Consultation response
Key themes 
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Not known
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Social care services 
Drug & alcohol services
Other services 
Prison healthcare services

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not applicable

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.