Survey on the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offendersDownload (PDF 286KB)
Summary of report contentHealthwatch Wandsworth undertook a survey into the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offenders in Wandsworth, as part of a wider investigation to support the London Assembly Health Committee in improving access to mental health support for ex-offenders. The survey was open to ex-offenders, services providers and others who may have knowledge of the topic. Healthwatch Wandsworth approached a number of local community organisations working with ex-offenders and offenders but found it difficult to arrange to speak to groups of ex-offenders. Many organisations had come to the end of their funding and no longer ran their activities and others worked across a wider geography, which limited access to views specific to Wandsworth. The central importance of housing was the overall theme emerging from the survey. 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. A need for more mental health support services and supportive activities , such as interest groups focused on physical exercise was highlighted. Healthwatch Wandsworth found many organisations that had been supporting offenders and ex-offenders struggling to fund or continue their activities or lacking a local focus. This suggests a gap in provision of services in Wandsworth that provide support before people find themselves in prisons or when they leave. Statistics highlighted at the beginning of the report show a clear need to address the prevalence of mental health conditions amongst prisoners.
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Survey on the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offenders
Date of publication
Monday, 3 December, 2018
Date evidence capture began
Wednesday, 12 April, 2017
Date evidence capture finished
Friday, 30 June, 2017
Type of report
Communication between staff and patients
Continuity of care
Health and safety
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of treatment
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Other information of note about this report
Healthwatch reference number
Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
What type of organisation requested the work
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Mental health services
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Learning disability service
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Community based services for people who misuse substances
Community based services for people with mental health needs
Prison healthcare services
Types of disabilities
Learning or understanding or concentrating
Types of long term conditions
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report
Number of people who shared their views
All people 18 and over
Other population characteristics
People who are long-term unemployed
People who live in poverty
People who misuse drugs
People with limited family or social networks
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?
Types of health and care professionals engaged
Does the information include other people's views?
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views?
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?
Is there evidence of impact external to the report?