- The Bradley Report Group
The Bradley Report Group
Published in April 2009, the Bradley Report set out a series of recommendations to reduce the number of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities who end up in prison. The Labour government committed to implement the recommendations including establishing a National Advisory Group to guide its cross departmental health and justice programme. This continued to work with the coalition goverment up to the end of its two year remit in 2011. The Bradley Report Group was then established with approval from the care minister to take on the role of the advisory group in offering advice, scrutiny and support to the government and public services in their efforts to implement the recommendations of the Bradley Report and any policies developed subsequent to those recommendations.
From April 2014 the group also acts as the stakeholder group to the government's liaison and diversion programme board.
The group is an independent forum of more than 40 non-government organisations including charities, professional and trade associations:
The group's primary focus is to work with the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the NHS Commissioning Board and other departments to improve responses to people with mental health problems and learning disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system. It is administered by a steering group of Centre for Mental Health, Mencap, the Prison Reform Trust, Rethink Mental Illness, the Revolving Doors Agency, the Royal College of Nursing and Together.
The group meets four times a year and aims to ensure that information that can be shared more widely is made available to people working across the country. It produces an annual review which monitors progress and reports the impact the group is having.