The Department of Constitutional Affairs was, in May 2007, renamed the Ministry of Justice and took over, amongst other things, the Home Office's Mental Health Unit, which is now part of the Public Protection and Mental Health Group.
Some articles on this site written before that date still refer to the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Home Secretary) and the Home Office, rather then the Secretary of State for Justice (Justice Secretary) and Ministry of Justice. In November 2009 the Mental Health Unit became the Mental Health Casework Section; along with the Public Protection Casework Section and other sections, it is now part of the Public Protection and Mental Health Group. Some articles still refer to the Mental Health Unit rather than the new term Mental Health Casework Section.
Public Protection & Mental Health Group
Mental Health Casework Section
See Ministry of Justice involvement in restricted cases for details and some external resources.
Public Protection Casework Section (PPCS)
Contact details are not in the public domain but the following can be obtained directly:
- Contact list for staff in the Public Protection Casework Section (PPCS);
- Spreadsheet containing the contact details of all PPCS pre-release team caseworkers and their equivalents in the Parole Board. This list has been designed to help you to identify which caseworkers serve a particular establishment and also contains details of team leaders and administrative support officers;
- Organisation chart showing the current structure of PPCS.
Other MoJ responsibilities
The Ministry of Justice also sponsors the following executive agencies:
The MoJ internet addresses have changed frequently over the years - the links below need to be tidied up too.
- Unified courts and tribunals service, 24/3/10 - "The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Budget today that the Ministry of Justice will be moving to bring together Her Majesty’s Courts Service and the Tribunals Service into a new, single organisation."
- Colin Harnett, 'Changing discharge conditions - residence' (Dear Colleague letter from Head of Mental Health Casework Section, 17/12/15). In response to a case in which the MOJ had not closely managed a patient's movements (it had not registered a change of address), the following policy will apply from 4/1/16: (1) All conditionally-discharged patients will have a condition giving an actual residence address, and RCs will not have a discretion to move patients without providing 14 days' notice; (2) If the tribunal does not specify an address the MOJ will add one; (3) Existing conditions will be re-examined on receipt of conditionally-discharged patient reports and conditions may be amended (to add an address or remove the RC's discretion to move the patient); (4) Discharges by the MOJ will also accord with this policy; (5) Dialogue with the MOJ before the 14-day point is encouraged.
Old links: MHU website
This section contains some details of documents which were available on an old MHU website
- 17.02.2009 – MHU Bulletin 6 - New database and caseworking system; office closures over Easter; prison transfers; last-minute transfers
- 03.12.2008 – MHU Bulletin 5 - Training for supervisors; MHU Open Days; patient details in CD reports which are emailed.
- 11.06.2008 – MHU Bulletin Special Edition - Handling of supervisors' reports on CD patients.
- 11.06.2008 – MHU Bulletin 4 - MHU website; s.17 leave; absolute discharge; quality assurance; survey.
- 18.03.2008 – MHU Bulletin 3 - Transfer from prison to hospital; remission to prison; guidance to supervisors on completing the CD report pro forma.
- 24.10.2007 – MHU Bulletin 2 - Recall policy; arrangements for considering requests for s.17 leave over Christmas; circumstances in which our out of hours service should be used.
- 20.08.2007 – MHU Bulletin 1 - Mental Health Act 2007; conditional discharge by the Secretary of State.
- 01.04.2008 – Leave application form NB. The following paragraph is ambiguous, for reasons given above: "Please note that any leave taking place outside the designated security perimeter of the named unit/hospital/ward requires Secretary of State approval UNLESS the hospital has a current agreement with the Mental Health Unit specifically devolving agreement to the Responsible Clinician." - New form to be used in requesting leave for detained patients.
- 05.09.2008 – Conditional discharge report pro forma - Form to be used for regular reports on CD patients. Revised format.
- 24.07.2008 – Remission pro forma - For completion by RMOs when recommending remission to prison.
- 18.03.2008 – Leave application form - New form to be used in requesting leave for detained patients.
- 18.03.2008 – Completed leave report - Amended form to be used in reporting on completed leave.
- 06.11.2007 – Trial leave and transfer application forms - Changes to the procedure for applying for trial leave and full transfer to alternative hospitals.
- 18.03.2009 –Guidance for clinical supervisors - Revised guidance on the supervision and aftercare of conditionally discharged patients.
- 18.03.2009 – Guidance for social supervisors - Revised guidance on the supervision and aftercare of conditionally discharged patients.
- 04.02.2009 – Recall policy - Note setting out Home Office (now Ministry of Justice) policy on recall.
- 18.03.2008 – Leave guidance for RMOs - Shortened guidance for RMOs on making leave applications.
- ??.03.2008 – Guidance for the courts - Mental Health Act 2007: guidance for the courts on remand and sentencing powers for mentally disordered offenders.
- 06.11.2007 – Trial leave and transfer application - Changes to the procedure for applying for trial leave and full transfer to alternative hospitals.
- 11.01.2007 – Repatriation advice - Guidance on the repatriation of foreign national restricted patients.
- 02.09.2005 – Guidance for clinicians - Duties to victims under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.
- 21.04.2005 – Home Office Circular 24/05 - Changes to the arrangements for defendants found unfit to plead or not guilty by reason of insanity, under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.
- 01.10.1997 – Home Office Circular 52/97 - Guidance on the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.
Old links: Ministry of Justice website
This section contains some details of documents which were available on the MOJ website
Older links: Home Office website
This section contains a link which was on the old Home Office website.