Riots across the country have prevented mental health social
workers doing their jobs according to the College of Social
Claire Barcham, professional development adviser for the College
has sais that up to 60 mental health assessements have been delayed
because police officers have been unable to accompany the
Mental health professionals usually need to be accompanied by
police with a court warrant if they are to enter a home to carry
out an assessment.
"If we are having problems getting into court for our warrants,
I would be concerned that may be happening to colleagues in
children and families services and elsewhere," said Barcham. "It
shows how essential the police are to so many aspects of the harder
end of social care."
Steve Chamberlain, an AMHP spokesperson for the College of
Social Work and a London-based practitioner, said police had told a
number of mental health teams in the capital that they would be
unable to attend assessments for at least two days.
"We understand the pressures they are under," he said.
Many of the people who are waiting to be assessed are severely
depressed or show signs of mental or psychotic illness and are
likely to end up in hospital where they can be observed and
treated, said Chamberlain.
"Generally there are concerns that if things aren't dealt with
rapidly there's a risk of the person harming themselves through
self-neglect, actively harming themselves or, in a small number of
cases, harming others, though this is usually someone they know,"
Source: Community Care