Survey on the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offenders

Download (PDF 286KB)
You voted 'No'.

Summary of report content

Healthwatch 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.

Would you like to look at:

General details

Report title 
Survey on the mental health needs of offenders and ex-offenders
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wandsworth
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 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Continuity of care
Health and safety
Health inequalities
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of treatment
Service closure
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Other information of note about this report 
Meaningful Activities
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

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? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

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)
Social care services 
Drug & alcohol services
Extra care housing services
Community services 
Community based services for people who misuse substances
Community based services for people with mental health needs
Other services 
Prison healthcare services

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Learning or understanding or concentrating
Mental health
Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Other population characteristics 
Homeless people
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? 

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? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

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.