This report explores how pathways for people from BAME communities can be more effectively integrated to provide the most appropriate and timely support for those with mental health needs who are in contact with, or end up in, the criminal justice system. 

This briefing and its recommendations builds on a programme of work undertaken by Nacro, Clinks, the Association of Mental Health Providers, Mental Health Foundation and the Race Equality Foundation, which includes:

  • A partnership event held in London, November 2014 – Race, mental health and criminal justice: Solutions for better practice, integration and patient experience.
  • Kane, E. (2014) Prevalence, patterns and possibilities: The experience of people from black and minority ethnic minorities with mental health problems in the criminal justice system. London: Nacro. A background reader to the above conference.
  • Breedvelt, J. J. F. & Elliott, I. (2016). Demonstrating the Value of the Voluntary and Community Sectors; Mental Health and Criminal Justice. London, England: Mental Health Foundation.
  • Collecting case studies demonstrating the crucial role the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector plays in engaging with service users from BAME communities.