Equality News Update: The Scotsman: Psychiatrist appointed to review mental health support for young prisoners

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A leading psychiatrist has been appointed to oversee an independent review of the mental health support services available to young people behind bars.

Consultant forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Helen Smith will oversee work examining the care of young people who are detained at Polmont Prison and Young Offenders Institution.

The parents of a 21-year-old woman who took her own life at Polmont welcomed the move as an “important first step”.

But Linda and Stuart Allan insisted they also want to see longer term plans for the inspection of prisons across Scotland.

The Scottish Government ordered a review of mental health services for young people in custody following the death of Katie Allan and 16-year-old William Lindsay, who took his own life at Polmont 48 hours after being sent there on remand.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf announced this will look into a range of matters, including the background information given to prison service staff ahead of a young person being admitted to custody.

It will also consider the reception procedures when someone arrives at Polmont, and the ongoing support and supervision available there.

Mr Yousaf said: “This review will focus specifically on young people in custody and will draw directly on the views and lived experiences of staff, young people and their families at Polmont.

 

 

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/psychiatrist-appointed-to-review-mental-health-support-for-young-prisoners-1-4859012

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