What we do
Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion (L&D) is a very different service from other community mental health services. We are an all age service and sit at the start of someone’s pathway through the criminal justice process usually when they come to the attention of the police and are arrested. Practitioners conduct triage assessments and signpost and support that person on their journey through the criminal justice pathway until an outcome is reached. We work with people with all vulnerabilities including substance misuse, homelessness, social issues, learning disabilities, and mental health.
L&D services provide a prompt response to concerns raised by the police, probation service, youth offending teams or court staff, and provide critical information to decision-makers in the justice system, in real time, when it comes to charging and sentencing people. L&D also acts as a point of referral and assertive follow up for these service users, to ensure they can access, and are supported, to attend treatment and rehabilitation appointments. The aim of the service is to improve health and well-being, reduce vulnerability, and the risk of re-offending.