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Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)

Is a person who is warranted, or authorised, to make certain legal decisions and applications under the Mental Health Act 1983.  Usually, this person will be a social worker who has undertaken additional training to become warranted but in 2007 the law was amended to allow other mental health professionals to undertake this role. 

A police station is not a suitable environment for a person suffering with mental health issues and therefore arrangements should be made for the detainee to be transferred to a more suitable place of safety to undergo a full assessment of their needs. In practice, local agreements between local authorities, NHS Trusts and police forces are in place, designating certain establishments as "places of safety". Each custody area has a "place of safety" for this purpose.