Consensus to improve collaboration between health and policing

consensus has today been launched which outlines an agreement between policing, health and voluntary sector partners to work together to improve people’s health and wellbeing, prevent crime and protect the most vulnerable people in England.

Policing, Health and Social Care: working together to protect and prevent harm to vulnerable people has been developed by a number of partners including NAVCA, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Clinks, Nacro, Public Health England and NHS England. It provides a focus for the police service, health and social care services and voluntary and community sector to use shared capabilities and resources more effectively.

The consensus has a particular focus on prevention and intervention. The factors which lead to poor health such as adverse childhood experiences, poverty, social exclusion and addiction are also factors which increase the likelihood of being involved in crime. By working together and intervening early to address these common factors we can improve public safety, prevent offending and reoffending, reduce crime and help to improve outcomes for individuals and the wider community.

The consensus is supported by two other pieces of work that are being published today. Public Health England is publishing Policing and health collaboration in England and Wales: Landscape review. This report provides a current snapshot of collaborations between policing and health and identifies the blockers and enablers for developing and strengthening joint working. The Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing is publishing Putting information sharing at the heart of collaborative working: Information sharing between the police and health services for prevention, early intervention and care purposes. This practical guide uses case studies to illustrate effective information sharing between police and health and how Caldicott information sharing principles are applied.