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UK and Namibia working together for mental health in the Correctional Service Sector

The British High Commission, in cooperation with Namibia Correctional Services, the UK College of Policing and the Legal Assistance Centre, on Monday, 09 November 2015, opened a 5 day training course for 20 Namibian Correctional Service Officers at the Gobabis Correctional Facility. The course is focusing on “Capacitating Correctional Services on Mental Health Needs for People in conflict with the law”. The course is being conducted by British expert Inspector Michael Brown, UK College of Policing, and Yolande Engelbrecht, Paralegal Gender Research & Advocacy Project, LAC, and is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office through its bilateral fund with £12.000 (~250.000,- N$).

The course covers a wide range of topics, among them special training on: Mental Health awareness for Criminal Justice, the rights of prisoners with mental health disorders, and “How to address the needs of safer detention and restraint”. Furthermore it covers the importance of working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, including courts and police — as well as social care and health.

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