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dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Jason
dc.contributor.authorMaggs, Richard
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-19T09:03:58Z
dc.date.available2019-11-19T09:03:58Z
dc.date.issued2015-08-10
dc.identifier.citationRoberts, C., Davies, J. and Maggs, R.G. (2015) 'Structured community activity for forensic mental health–a feasibility study', Journal of Forensic Practice, 17(3), pp.180-191. DOI: 10.1108/JFP-12-2014-0049.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2050-8794
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/10846
dc.descriptionArticle published in Journal of Forensic Practice on 10 August 2015, available at: https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-12-2014-0049.en_US
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The restrictive nature of low secure mental health settings and the issues associated with risk management and safe practice raise numerous challenges which need to be overcome for individuals to engage in community-based programmes. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach: Two community-based schemes are described. The first uses the natural environment as a medium in which to deliver opportunities to develop vocational skills. The second provides exercise-based activity to promote healthier living. This paper aims to explore the acceptability, feasibility and sustainability of the projects along with the views and achievements of participants. Findings: Both schemes were well-attended with positive views from participants and others. Planned positive risk taking enabled individuals to participate in a safe and structured way. Initial evaluation of the projects suggest that they were viewed as acceptable by the service and valued by participants. Participation led to some individuals engaging in new opportunities for vocational and leisure activities. Practical implications: Fostering access to community-based occupational opportunities for those in low secure mental health services can be achieved safely and with numerous apparent benefits. Research is now needed to determine further the nature and extent of the gains made through such activity. Originality/value: This is the first known study of its kind utilising inter-agency collaboration to address the needs of those residing in a low secure mental health facility. Within the forensic mental health population, the standards of care recommend a comprehensive, recovery-focused approach aimed at building resilience and preventing relapse, with the need for thorough intervention for physical health needs. This study supports these recommendations by providing opportunities for planned positive risk taking, opportunities for social inclusion, skills development, increased access to physical exercise to address overall wellbeing.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherEmeralden_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Forensic Practice;
dc.titleStructured community activity for forensic mental health – a feasibility studyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-12-2014-0049
dcterms.dateAccepted2015
rioxxterms.funderCardiff Metropolitan Universityen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US
rioxxterms.versionNAen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-11-19
rioxxterms.funder.project37baf166-7129-4cd4-b6a1-507454d1372een_US


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