Our report suggests positive actions and approaches which Directors of Public Health could use to tackle the health inequalities of people in contact with the criminal justice system residing in their community
Positive actions and approaches:
- Understand the specific health needs of those in contact with the criminal justice system in the local community through using the available health data from criminal justice agencies, particularly the local probation service, in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment process.
- Build upon existing partnership arrangements and forums with overlapping membership, to coordinate this local offender health agenda e.g. Community Safety Partnerships, Drug and Alcohol Action Teams, Integrated Offender Management (“IOM”) and Safeguarding Partnerships, and working with Health and Justice Public Health Specialists within Public Health England Centres.
- Work with partners to address other common risk factors and determinants associated with poor health and offending, such as homelessness. Develop a comprehensive and joined up strategy to tackle deep rooted and interrelated problems facing local communities.
- Explore opportunities for joint commissioning with partner agencies and utilise the increased flexibility being given across a range of public service areas to tailor solutions locally. The report highlights emerging initiatives which co-locate different services under one roof, and tailor multiple services around the needs of service users, as illustrations of promising practice.