Wolfson House, our low secure forensic service in North London, was the location of a visit from a group of Judges from Taiwan. The visit was part of a week-long trip to London organised by the Taiwan Judges Academy in collaboration with a London-based Human Rights Organisation, ‘The Death Penalty Project’.
As well as visiting the Supreme Court and The House of Lords, the judges specifically asked if they could visit a hospital providing care for offenders with mental disorders.
Taiwan does not have an equivalent system of secure hospitals and they were very keen to see how we provide treatment to people with mental health problems.
There was an extensive discussion, as well as presentations from Heldi McCaskill, Occupational Therapist, Teresa Wolowiec, Clinical Psychologist and Dr Richard Latham, Forensic Psychiatrist. They also had the opportunity to visit a ward and see how we provide a humane, therapeutic alternative to prison for people who need it.
They were very impressed with the service and the way in which it felt integrated into the local community. Joyce Yu, Head of Research and Development for the Judges Academy said, “The trip was so fruitful and the delegation members benefitted enormously from it.”