Commission welcomes recommendations from Independent Forensic Mental Health Review

The Scottish Human Rights Commission welcomes the publication of the final report from the Independent Forensic Mental Health Review.

The Commission welcomes the emphasis placed on taking a human rights based approach in the report, informed by the Panel Principles, listening to and highlighting the voices of people with lived experience of forensic mental health services.  

The report recommendations set out how the rights of people receiving mental health services in Scotland can be respected, protected and fulfilled.

Read the report published on 26 February 2021.

Judith Robertson, Chair of the Commission, said:

“People within the forensic mental health system experience significant restrictions to their liberty and to their private and family life.

“We welcome the Review’s consideration of the human rights principles underpinning forensic mental health services and particularly the recommendations which seek to ensure that people are not subject to unnecessary restrictions.

“We hope that new accountability structures will address the capacity issues and delays within the current system, to ensure that a person is only detained in the conditions of security which are required by their individual circumstances.

“We look forward to hearing the Scottish Government’s response to this report in due course.”



  1. Commission submission to the Barron Review of Forensic Mental Health submitted on 28 January 2021.