Five nations health and justice collaboration: terms of reference

The five nations meetings provide a forum for discussion, debate and collaboration for health and justice partners.



The five nations deliberations allow a coherent and authoritative voice across the five nations on health and wellbeing and health and social care of people in contact with the criminal justice system, especially in detention settings.

The work of the ‘Five Nations’ Health & Justice Collaboration’ also informs the work of PHE in its role as the UK collaborating centre for health in prisons (a partner of the WHO (European region) health in prisons programme), and facilitates sharing of best practice, mutual learning, and improved collective capability of health and justice partners in the five nations.

Collectively, the separate jurisdictions contribute to the prevention of offending and reduction in re-offending by people in contact with the criminal justice system, particularly by addressing health inequalities.