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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Who watches the watchers? Observing the dangerous liaisons between forensic patients and their carers in the perverse panopticon

As a central part of their role in working with mentally disordered offenders in secure settings, frontline workers such as mental health nurses are expected, on behalf of us all, to keep watch over their patients. They must observe and assess their movements, their progress and regress, whilst themselves being subject to scrutiny, inspection and surveillance from the wider system of care.