Offenders: Mental Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 26th February 2016.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Labour, Tooting

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people arrested in (a) England and Wales, (b) London and (c) each London borough were diverted to mental health services after an assessment by liaison and diversion workers in each year since 2010.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

We do not collect the data in the format requested.

NHS England rolled out Liaison and Diversion services commissioned to a national service specification from April 2014. From April 2015 services were provided in police stations, youth offending teams and courts serving 53% of the population of England. These included two services in London: North East London from April 2014; West, North West and Central London from April 2015.

The table shows the information available on mental health referrals.

Liaison and Diversion - Adults referred for treatment for identified mental health needs from 1st April 2014 to 31 December 2015:


London services

Referred for mental health treatment




Detained under Mental Health Act 1983



Admitted to mental health hospital



Source: NHS England.


  1. Data refers to cases rather than individuals, the same individual may be counted more than once.
  2. Data for England is for all areas operating to the national service specification.
  3. Data for London is for two schemes operating to the national service specification, and does not cover the whole of London.

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