Psychiatrists warn of police and crime bill’s impact on young people

Psychiatrists warn of police and crime bill’s impact on young people

Hundreds of clinical psychiatrists and psychologists have warned that the police and crime bill reaching its final stages in parliament “will have a profound negative impact on young people’s mental health”. “We cannot think of better measures to disempower and socially isolate young people,” they say in an open letter signed by more than 350 academics and clinicians and published online. The intervention comes as the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill reaches the final stages of its journey into law. It has been widely opposed by human rights activists, racial justice groups, former home secretaries and parliament’s joint committee on human rights, which called the proposals “oppressive and wrong”. Among the anti-protest measures in the bill are new powers for police to ban marches and demonstrations deemed “seriously disruptive”, …
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