Internet extremism (2)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The JAN Trust report also recommends improving mental health awareness and support for the vulnerable in communities. What action are you taking to improve remove barriers preventing access to mental health services and reduce the stigma attached to mental health in communities?


Answer for Internet extremism (2)

Answer for Internet extremism (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As part of our wider response to improve access to mental health services, MOPAC is implementing the recommendations from the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing.

MOPAC is working with strategic partners to develop a 'Declaration for London', in response to The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat: Improving outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis - a whole system response.

The MPS has introduced the Vulnerability Assessment Framework, recording occasions where police interact with individuals identified as vulnerable. Linked to this is the Community Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) currently running in the following boroughs: Islington, Brent, Camden, Barnet, Harrow, Ealing, Kingston and Havering. In addition, the MPS has successfully bid to the Government's Police Innovation Fund, securing money for multi-agency training to 8000 professionals in relation to mental health and gangs.

The London Street Triage Pilot is being delivered by South London and Maudsley Trust covering Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon and Southwark. The project aims to reduce the number of s136 and provide police officers with expert advice from mental health professionals.

Liaison and diversion services are intended to improve the early identification of mental health problems, learning disabilities and/or substance misuse issues at the point a young person or adult enters the criminal justice system, in London we have 23 (as of April 14) but will have full coverage in all boroughs and courts by end of this financial year.

This complements other work being undertaken by the GLA Health Team.