St Helena : St Helena: Sex Offender Diversion Treatment
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 28.09.2013 (Article Archived on 26.10.2013)
Funding has been obtained under the Overseas Territories Diamond Jubilee fund to allow Mr Tim McInerney, a leading Forensic Psychiatrist with great experience of working with sex offenders in the UK and in the Falklands, to visit St Helena and make specialist assessments of sex offender prisoners currently serving sentences in HMP Jamestown.
Sex Offender Diversion Treatment
Funding has been obtained under the Overseas Territories Diamond Jubilee
fund to allow Mr Tim McInerney, a leading Forensic Psychiatrist with great
experience of working with sex offenders in the UK and in the Falklands, to
visit St Helena and make specialist assessments of sex offender prisoners
currently serving sentences in HMP Jamestown. This also provides the
opportunity for a number of further follow up video link remote sessions. The
visit will enable Mr McInerney, a recognised expert in his field with enormous
experience in the UK, to fully assess the island’s requirements for reducing
reoffending and set the agenda for our new specialist probation officer
Victoria Kellett. Victoria will be arriving in October working to develop our
local Offender Managers in all aspects of Probation work in addition to the
specialist work with sex-offenders.
Chief of Police Peter Coll said “I would like to congratulate our Prison
Manager Martin David and our FCO Prison advisor Keith Munns for their hard work
to make this happen. This is a good step forward and provides real evidence of
progress in developing proper and necessary diversionary treatment to reduce
the likelihood of re-offending. This is an example of our ongoing and active
commitment to Safeguarding Children, taking action to build a safer St Helena.”
Additionally, St Helena has this year introduced a multi agency
Management of Public Protection Arrangement meeting cycle as well as a Sex
Offender Register for better monitoring, tracking and control of offenders.
Tim McInerney’s Experience & Qualifications
Qualifications include: BA, MB BS, FellowRCPsych., DipForPsych. From
1999 to 2007 He was Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Broadmoor
Hospital, Berkshire, where he ran the Young Persons Unit, and Clinical Tutor at
the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Since 2007 he has been Consultant
Forensic Psychiatrist at the River House Medium Secure Unit, Bethlem Royal
Hospital where he was the clinical lead for pre-discharge rehabilitation. He
specialises in Forensic Psychiatry and in the treatment of Personality Disorder.
He is recognised by the General Medical Council as trained in Forensic
He is Approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act (1983) as
having special experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Mental Disorder.
He has been Visiting Psychiatrist to the Falkland Islands for 12 years.
He visits the Falklands twice a year and provides regular support and
supervision throughout the year. He has led in their creation of a new MHO. He
has wide medical legal experience. He is a Fellow of Gray’s Inn.