ASB, Mental Health and the Equality Act

A training programme designed to support ASB practitioners with managing complex cases where there is evidence of poor mental health.

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ASB, Mental Health And The Equality Act

One of the biggest challenges that prevents ASB cases from progressing to resolution is where the person causing the harm has poor mental health. Few officers managing ASB case work will have formal qualifications in mental health law and practice, making it difficult to decide whether action can or should be taken. Where action is determined appropriate against someone with poor mental health, equality act challenges can sometimes follow. It is vital the officer understands the duties within this legislation and the practical case management steps they can undertake to mitigate these defences and ensure the most informed decision is being taken in a case. This session aims to demystify this complex area of ASB case management.

Specifically, learners will explore:

  • The differences to the case management process when a person causing ASB has poor mental health
  • Understanding the legal position with regards legal action
  • Understanding the right questions to ask the right people
  • The common equality act challenges (disability discrimination and breaching the public sector equality duty) and how to best overcome these
  • The importance of proportionality/equality act assessments
  • Partnership working, including with public health and the voluntary sector

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