The Independent Review into the Delivery of Forensic Mental Health Services today announces its Call for Evidence.

Forensic mental health services specialise in the assessment, treatment and risk management of people with a mental disorder who are currently undergoing, or have previously undergone, legal or court proceedings.

The first phase of the review, the gathering of evidence, is expected to last until January 2020.

Review chair Derek Barron and his team would like to hear from:

  • Anyone who is currently receiving these services or has received them in the past
  • Family members or carers of those who have received these services
  • Individuals working to deliver Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Individuals or organisations who are receiving, delivering, commissioning or monitoring these services.
  • Anyone who has research or personal interest in the delivery of forensic mental health services

Mr Barron, Director of Care at Erskine, said:

“This is an independent, non-statutory review. Its remit is wide-ranging and covers people’s experiences of support they have received in custody, through courts, prison and/or hospitals and when returning back to their communities.

“To do this, we need to get as broad a range of evidence as possible to allow us to capture fully what the existing services across Scotland are and how well they are working.

“I hope as many as people as possible will respond to this Call For Evidence - or get in touch with us if they want to arrange alternative ways to share their views.”

Responses can be submitted from Monday 14 October 2019 until Friday 17 January 2020 in a number of ways.

An on-line contribution can be made via this link.

It is also possible to contact the team by e-mail and telephone using the details below. If you would like help regarding submitting a response, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us for assistance at [email protected]

The review will consider all responses before publishing and presenting a report to Scottish Ministers by June 2020. It is expected to make recommendations for change and improvement. To contribute to the review, you can:

Complete on-line survey -

Contact the review team by telephone on 0141 242 5605 or 0131 244 8070

Or by e-mail on [email protected]

For further information please contact:
Isla Jack/ Claire Kellett
Independent Review into the Delivery of Forensic Mental Health Services
Tel: 0131 244 8070/ 0141 242 5605


Graham McKendry
3x1 Group
Tel: 0141 221 0707 / 07931 382270
[email protected]

Note about the Review:
The review has established three working groups to support work across the key settings in which forensic mental health services are delivered: hospitals, criminal justice and the community.
These groups include people from over 45 organisations who represent:

  • People with lived experience of forensic mental health services, their relatives, carers and representatives
  • Organisations commissioning, delivering and monitoring forensic mental health services as well as those providing support services
  • Staff-side and professional organisations
  • Organisations involved in legal and court proceedings

See the list of organisations represented in the three working groups here: Further information please see