A key element of the government’s belief is the idea that partnership can promote the public interest by providing joined-up solutions to complex social problems.

Criminal Justice Partnership working has been a good example of what government policies have been trying to achieve in interagency working, which has been a key theme of government service delivery since The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 required crime and disorder partnerships to be set up in local areas. Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) bring together various interested partners

including the police, local authorities, health authorities, the voluntary sector and community representatives in order to develop a cycle of three-year strategies to tackle crime and disorder (Gibson, 2007, page 62). CDRPs are a major vehicle through which additional government funding has been bid for and have had success in reducing crime and anti social behaviour through this joined-up approach; CDRPs have not been successful in addressing the needs of offenders with mental health needs, as evidenced by the findings of the Bradley report (Department of Health, 2009). This may be because of the size and complexity of the issues involved, but whatever the reason offenders with mental health needs and learning disabilities have often fallen through the cracks of joined-up working.