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Map of health-based places of safety

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This map shows the location of designated health-based places of safety in England for people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

What is a place of safety?

Section 136 of the Mental Health Act allows for someone believed by the police to have a mental disorder, and who may cause harm to themselves or another, to be detained in a public place and taken to a safe place where a mental health assessment can be carried out.

A place of safety could be a hospital, care home, or any other suitable place where the occupier is willing to receive the person while the assessment is completed. Police stations should be only be used in exceptional circumstances.

Health-based places of safety are most commonly part of a mental health unit on a mental health hospital or acute hospital site, or part of an accident and emergency department in an acute hospital.

Unless the place of safety is an A&E department, it will not usually be available to people who have not been detained by the police.

Read more about how to use the map

Search the map

You can also find your closest place of safety by using the map on the page below...

Search for a health-based place of safety

Clicking on one of the coloured markers will bring up contact information for that health-based place of safety, details of opening hours, capacity (number of beds), the age groups accepted, and the upper tier local authorities it is intended to serve.

Clicking on another area in the map (when the local authority boundary option is ticked) will bring up information about the health-based places of safety which serve that area.

The map shows the boundaries for local authorities, police force areas and clinical commissioning groups. You can remove or add these using the tick boxes. If you remove the boundaries and then add them again, you may have difficulty clicking on some of the markers. If this happens, click on the Reset map button and it will refresh the page.

You can also filter the markers to show which health-based places of safety accept different age groups, using the drop down list. Change this back to 'Select' if you want to show all 161 health-based places of safety in England.

Geographical information


Ages accepted


Key to markers

Accident & Emergency (acute hospital site)

Mental health unit (acute hospital site)

Mental health unit (mental health hospital site)

The map was last updated on 15 October 2015.

Who will use this map?

  • Commissioners and providers of mental health services and other local stakeholders can use the map to inform discussions about their provision and the accessibility of their places of safety.
  • Multi-agency section 136 groups may similarly find it helpful, and we also hope it may be used to improve regional working arrangements.
  • The police will be able to use it to find the nearest health-based place of safety to where they have detained someone under section 136 of the Mental Health Act, the capacity of that facility, whether they can expect it to be open, and whether they accept people of all ages.

Find out more

You can read more about our...

You can download the data that populates the map in the document below.

Or read about the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat on the website.

Last updated:
22 December 2015